Last week end I had the privilege of watching my 14 year old son be different. As a gifted runner, he competes at our local high school even though he does not attend class there. This year, he helped his team make it to state level competition. All while he has refused to compromise his strong morals and Christian beliefs.
I am convicted regularly when I pass my son’s door in the morning and I hear his fervent prayer. And I ask myself on behalf of his younger brothers and sisters still maturing......what makes this boy WANT to be different?
As a Christian mom I am extremely aware of the level of compromise tempting our generation. Fake Christianity. Carnal living. Lukewarm faith. All have been culturally normed. Even while God is calling to His children.....come into my Remnant! Build an ark for you and your whole family whereby you may be saved.
But what good would an ark do if our children will not get on our boat?
Somehow they need an internal desire to go against the crowd and stand for the King.
Here are my thoughts about how this happened for my teens and young adults Nathan, Kalyn, Lucas, Rebekah, Hannah, Micah and Matthew. I am eternally grateful to the Lord!
1. Expose them to true heroes of the faith. Most kids today are idolizing pop stars. True heroes such as the men and women of Foxe's Book of Martyrs will totally blow the lid off the word hero.
2. Keep them around hot embers. Spiritual fervor is generally caught not taught.
3. Consider the value of special milestone events in their own spiritual lives. Conferences. Camps. Revivals. etc.
5. Live Deuteronomy 6:6-7: These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
6. Get them out of the children's and youth ministry boxes long enough to know mature believers who have stood strong for a lifetime.....otherwise, they may not understand the target!
7. Capitalize on the God-given stage of adolescent development that wants the extreme. We know the developing brain is more likely to take risks. God can use this season to assist them to get radical for Him.
8. Pray, pray, pray for a personal visitation of the person of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to descend upon there hearts.
9. Control the atmosphere of your home. Play God-honoring worship music. Turn off media competition that is wooing their hearts astray!
10. This is probably the most important... Refuse to compromise yourself. Dare to be an adult that is not afraid to be different! Have a personal revival yourself! Studies continue to show that the #1 influencers of kids are their parents!
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