Train up a child in the way he should go. Even when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NASB)
Is it taboo to brag on our kids? It shouldn’t be. In today’s world, our kids need all the encouragement they can get!
I thought about this topic this week when my granddaughter, Lexi Pollard, bought tickets for her and her mom to attend a country music concert as a gift for her mom’s birthday. Happy birthday, Tina!
Lexi’s brother, Noah made it all the way to the IHRA world championships this year in his junior dragster. He didn’t win, but he gave it a great try!
I love all my grandchildren so much. They’re great kids! And I so much want God’s best for each and every one of them.
They’re not the only great teens I know though. My friends Steve and Katrenna Sandy are missionaries in Uganda. Their son, Phillip serves in the feeding ministry right along side his parents. Katelyn Watkins is a fantastic artist, and Charleigh Roberts, a great musician. They’re both serving The Lord through their talents. The list goes on and on.
Many people of my generation tend to think the younger generation has gone to the dogs. The media reinforces that perception by focusing so much attention on teens who shoot up convenience stores, or participate in gang violence, or whatever.
But those activities don’t describe the lives of the vast majority of our kids. Most of them work hard, study hard to succeed in today’s competitive and often confusing curriculum, (Don’t get me started on Common Core.) and participate in extra-curricular activities that will help them achieve their full potential as contributing members of society.
We had a Discipleship Now Conference at Hebron Church this past weekend. Hundreds of teens attended. Many of these were brought to the conference by friends concerned about their spiritual condition. At least 22 decisions for Christ were made here this weekend. We should not only applaud these youth. We should learn from them.
To all these great teens, in the words of St. Paul, I say, “Let no man despise your youth.” Keep up the great work!
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: Tell us about some great teens in your life!