How well do you know today’s teenager?
When Jody and I first saw this, we were concerned, to say the least. This is a population that trusts more in themselves than in wise counsel. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust not in your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” And Jeremiah 17:9 warns, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Clearly, trusting in themselves above everything else is not a plan for success.
On the flip side, Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. ” Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” And Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
No matter how you slice it, teens who trust primarily in themselves are setting the stage for disaster in their lives.
When they do seek advice, who are they asking? Their parents? Pastors? Wise adults? Nope. They turn to their social network. Yikes!
First of all, Proverbs 22:15 says that foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child. Then, Proverbs 13:20 tells us that he who walks with the wise will become wise. It goes on to say that a companion of fools will…what? Become fools? No. It says they will suffer harm. The King James Version says they’ll be destroyed! Parents, this is serious stuff. We need to help our kids have a radical paradigm shift.
The video also says that this generation equates happiness to success, which could spell major heartache later in life. An adult who measures success by their momentary state of happiness will quit a job when the going gets tough, file for divorce during the difficult seasons of marriage, and escape into selfish pursuits when parenting becomes hard.
Is it any wonder that 1/3 of this population has already contemplated suicide? If happiness is all that matters, and you feel like there’s no hope of finding happiness any time soon, why live?
Clearly the problem has to be addressed from the foundation up. We need to start by helping them build a solid base of truth upon which they can construct every other belief and value.
But it’s an uphill battle because this generation has already been slow-cooked in a pluralistic crock pot. They are steeped in the public mindset of moral and religious relativism, which preaches that every belief is equally valid. Not only is this purely illogical (how can two directly opposing views be equally valid and true?), but it stands starkly against the message of the cross.
Our kids NEED a strong foundation in apologetics. They need to know what it means to call themselves Christians and why they believe the Bible is truth.
Please take some time to watch this excellent video, and share your thoughts and ideas about how parents can help teens navigate some of these issues with true and lasting success.