THE GOSPEL-CENTERED HOME: Teens; Who Are These Guys Part 2

  • Monday, June 15, 2009
  • 5. Teens typically think they are wiser than they really are or in other words, they have a very distorted view of themselves. But, of course, so do I most of the time of myself. Oh, the deceptiveness of sin! (Hebrews 3:13) However with many teens, they tend to lack a real hunger for wisdom and look at what we older adults have as very little practical insight to give to them. I can’t count the number of times in working with teens I was told I just don’t understand. What we as parents and youth workers must do is make wisdom much more appealing to our teens. By using demanding words and tone of voice, confrontations and verbal struggles we easily shift the problems we want to address to ourselves. The teen tends to become defensive and not interested in listening.

    6. Believe it or not, teens tend to be more legalistic than their parents. Pushing the limits on rules, they want to know and will test just how far they can go. They become quite the literalists. Ever hear, “I did exactly what you told me to do” to your frustration that they knew what you were intending in a situation? This is a heart issue that needs to be addressed in both their hearts and ours. Legalism as a parent is a form of self-righteousness that denies the saving grace of God and the need that our teens need to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit and their actions need to flow from their being born again.

    7. Our teens tend to choose some of their friends without using wisdom. It is impossible to not be influenced by friends. We need to help guide teens in how to choose relationships and how we can step outside the emotional pulls to honest and biblical criteria.

    Two more items to come …


    PegS said...

    Pastor George, again some great thinking here (on in my brain!). How true that they THINK that if you don't forbid it it is okay to do. ;-)) How often did we hear THAT logic. "But you said . . . and you didn't say anything about this!" If nothing else, teens can be GREAT DEBATERS!

    Pastor George said...

    And the trouble with debating a teen is that they will make you forget that you are the adult! How often I found myself in a debate and realizing that they have brought me into their territory of thinking and they are chewing me to pieces. I then repent and say "wait a minute. I am the parent/teacher here!"

    PegS said...

    How true. I thought that only happened to Wayne and me!

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