“Our goal is not to raise godly children. Our goal should be to be a godly mother/father before those in our family, that they may be won by our lives!” I am not sure where I heard that statement. I’m sure it was from someone on Christian radio. I just wrote it on a small piece of paper and stuck it in my wallet. I kept it because it reminds me, as a Christian parent, that our children learn more about relationships from their own families than from any other influences in their lives, whether good or bad.
Christians are one big family of God. When we look at teens and their desire for freedom, we need only to look at our relationship with God and our desire for freedom. There are times that we too think that we know more than our heavenly Father does. We know what is best, and sometimes His Word just doesn’t seem to be up-to-date. We are wrong when we feel that we know more than God does! However, the way that we respond to God and His Word is exactly how our teens will learn to respond when they are given the opportunity to make their own choices. They learn from us.
Hebrews 13:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” This is the reason we have a class on Sunday mornings for your teens. It is another opportunity to open the Word of God, learn from it, and encourage each other. Just as the biological/adoptive family plays a vital role in the teen’s life, the church family plays a vital role in their lives and preparing them for eternity.
Ice Skating – Crown Center
Saturday, December 10 at 4:00 pm
Cost: $9.00 (bring extra for food)
LIBERTY CORN MAZE
Friday, October 21, we met at church for pizza and then took 16 teens to the Corn Maze in Liberty, MO. Jeff and I are competitive and really tried to master the mazes. We only completed two. Jeff was the navigator and I was the follower and hole puncher. I’m not sure the teens cared about the challenge of completing the mazes and showing off their punch cards. It was very cold and very dark. They just enjoyed being out! Once in the mazes, some just wanted to find the way out…which wasn’t easy! Others were there just to enjoy each other’s company (Rebekah and Alan, Josiah and Kelsie). I think Kylee, Airyana, Kenedy and the rest of their group’s goal was to eat and stay warm. It was great spending time afterwards getting to know some of the visitors better. Being in three different vehicles allowed us, the drivers, the opportunity to get to know the teens better. I truly enjoyed getting to know Draven (the newest teen to join our Sunday morning class). We were all very thankful for Donna Kelly helping out with the driving.