I wish I could say I was the perfect parent, but I’m not. I say the wrong things and embarrass my kids. Sometimes I pull the mom card and want my way, just “because I’m the MOM!” I try to get my kids to see how not smacking your lips while eating is paramount to the continuance of Western civilization as we know it. I want to help them understand that making your bed is the first step to success in life and picking up your towel up off the floor goes a long way towards not driving your mom insane.
As a parent, I can spin my wheels majoring on the minors.
However, as my 17 year old graduates high school, and my son finishes his sophomore year of college, I realize I need to think more carefully. Our time with our kids is so short. What do we really want to pass on to them? Surely my kids need to know things more important than the magical art of tidying up and the correct placement of silverware on a dinner table.
What do I really want my teens to know?
More than anything I want my kids to know who they are, who God is, and what He does. They need to know what God has already done and what He promises to do for them.
Here are basic truths and 7 scriptures we want our teens to know:
Who You Are:
You are the crown of God’s creation:
God created you with a purpose in mind:
Who God is and What He has done:
You are a sinner, just like I am. But there’s good news: God loves and saves sinners.
Who God is and what He will do:
God does not promise you an easy life, but here’s what He does promise:
He’ll redeem even your worst circumstances. He can around your hurts and disappointments to use them for your good.
God will be with you and help you through your most difficult challenges:
God has good plans for your future, even when life’s rough spots leave you doubting it.
Our teens can find the most important things they need to know in God’s Word.
Let’s point them to it, so they can discover who they are, who God is, and what He does. Learning to hold on to God’s promises for themselves will help our teens grow into more resilient adults.
Now it’s your turn: What do you think is a key scripture for young adults (and for all of us)?