Disclaimer: Radical Parenting is not a religious blog, but we let our teens write about topics that are passionate to them. Lauren has decided to write an article about encouraging Christianity and we support our teen writers and their passions. We encourage religious and non-religious readers of all kinds.
Lauren is a 14-year-old from Coshocton,OH. She enjoys reading, watching chick-flicks, also writing about fashion and weddings because she wants to become a famous bridal shop owner and fashion writer.
Most teens start in their teen years and just think it is going to be a breeze. What they believe is crucial because it will affect their growing up years and where they will end up in adulthood. There are two types of teens some would say; the Rebels and Christians.
Some would say there are few Christian teens left and others disagree. But what does it really mean to be a “Christian Teen”? It means that you give your whole life to Christ and that you devote your teen years to obeying Him. While teens may think they can “breeze through” their teen years, they don’t understand that that is the most important time in their life. They can help determine someone’s future; whether they will be in heaven or hell. Not only do they have influence over other teens, but they have the power to change a life forever.
Some things that parents can do to help their kids achieve a spiritual walk with God through their teen years.
1.) Encourage them to go to church with you. This helps them understand that not only do you care, but you want to be involved too.
2.) Invite some other Christian teens over to help your teen seek friendships in Christ.
3.) Give them a Bible. Try to be specific when picking one out. (Ex. Women of Faith Bible, The Bible for Boys Only)
4.) Love them. Just by loving your teenager wholeheartedly, they will see how you love and love in return.
Don’t try to force Christianity onto your child. It makes them rebel and do things that they will regret in the future. So the best thing you can do for them right now is encourage them and love them. Tell them that if they set their mind to it, they can do anything! But don’t spoil them.
A pastor once said, “Good Christian parents discipline their children so that they can prepare them for the harder things in life.” He went on to say that everybody will encounter temptation, anger, hatred, lust, and weakness, but with God’s help anything is possible. So just encourage your teen as much as possible. They will in turn repay you. Whether it be in heaven or on earth.
“What good is a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
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