Control Vs. Influence.
There once was a young man named Bobby Boucher.
Bobby was raised in the Louisiana bayou. Bobby’s Mama loved him dearly! Out of that love, she tried her best to protect Bobby from the evils of this world. But little by little, her desire to love and protect Bobby turned into a constant effort to control Bobby.
And on that first day in the college classroom, Mama’s control over Bobby’s life got him into a bit of trouble.
Let’s watch what happened…
The Path Toward Control
This week, we’ll be looking at the season of parenting teens. Clearly this was an extreme (and quite humorous) example. However, much like Bobby’s Mama, as parents, our desire to love and protect our children, can easily lead down a path toward controlling them.
And controlling a child may be relatively easy when they’re young. And yet, (unlike Bobby) it’s almost never sustainable once they hit their teen years.
So How Should We Raise Our Teenagers?
About a month ago we discussed, “The Passion of Youth” highlighting the season of being a youth. In that study, we learned that when the word “youth” appears in Scripture, it doesn’t directly translate to teenager.
In fact, Biblical “youth” didn’t live in a teenage world at all!
Older children and younger teens, ages 10 through 15 are focused on learning the family trade or household responsibilities. And they were fully aware that by their late teens they’d be looking for a spouse and beginning their adult lives.
Biblically, the word or concept of “teenagers” just didn’t exist in Biblical times.
So Where’s the “Parenting Teenagers” Passage?
Nope, unfortunately not.
The concept of a teenager is relatively new historically. The concept of parenting a teenager is still being established, with only a few generations of background. This is why finding direct Biblical content can be difficult.
But Don’t Fret!
There are some amazing passages that may not have been written directly to parents of teenagers, but hold incredible value for those parents.
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