What is important to me regarding my teen

What is important to me regarding my teen?

 All I want for my children is for them to be healthy and happy.

This is a comment I hear often among parents, and who wouldn’t want that for their children? 

However, I believe those standards are short-term and lack vision. In the end, the only thing we have is our faith in Christ (or lack of) and whether we will be carried into the threshold of eternity by the only qualified Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is God himself. The million-dollar question is whether or not my children will be spotless and redeemed when their time comes to enter eternity, or will they carry their just condemnation of having to serve an eternal sentence in hell?

After the miracle of salvation, seeing my children walking in the truth is most important. Since we live in a world that makes lies palatable and alluring, I pray that my children will be granted a double dose of wisdom and discernment. My heart’s delight is to see them love truth and seek it like a treasure. “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:4-5).

Children’s identities are being challenged and attacked as sin is glamorized and attempts are made to redefine sexuality and gender. These things may be on the main stage right now in our culture, but a whole plethora of self-deception is pumped into our children daily, mainly by social media. 

My wish for my children is to have confidence in who the Lord has made them to be and not be swept away by the ongoing opinions of their peers and culture. I hope they will recognize their self-worth in Christ as a child of God with a unique purpose and gift. I hope they will have enough wisdom to recognize the attacks coming from the enemy of their souls, from this world, from abusive people, and even from the self-deception of faulty thinking.

Of course, in this world, we need money to operate, and having more can be a blessing or a curse, depending upon the individual’s heart. My wish is that my children will not have to rely on anyone but God himself for their daily provisions. May they have George Muller’s attitude (19th Century Christian evangelist and director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England) regarding God’s provision and expect their heavenly Father to know what they need and provide for them.

If my children decide to marry, my wish is that they will choose someone who will improve the quality of their lives and who will serve the Lord beside them. Even as teenagers, I hope they will take the task of finding a mate very seriously even though their peers and culture normalize sex before marriage and serial dating. Once again, I hope my children have enough wisdom to know who to pick for marriage and who they invest their time in as young teens and adults.

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Annette H.

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