Earlier this year, I attended a program at Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. I couldn’t connect with the people I went with so I had to wait for them to pick me up. While waiting in a corner of the church auditorium; I saw a car park by.
A man and his two teenage daughters on boarding school uniform came out. I saw them moving to the auditorium. My eyes followed them out of curiosity at the same time watching out for the people I was waiting for.
They found a spot and he held hands with his daughters; prayed with them and for them. The sight was a pleasure to behold. My heart leaped for joy at the sight before me.
Apparently he was taking them back to school but he brought them to the auditorium first. More like, dedicating them to God. More like saying ‘God, these ones are in your care. I can’t be with them everywhere but you are Omnipresent. Once they are in your care, they are safe”.
I figured it could be a family ritual. But beyond that, I see a father inculcating the principle of seeking God before any action into his children. I see a father teaching his children the importance of prayer. I see a father being the example of whatever he aims for them to imbibe.
You see, you can’t expect your child to be a prayer warrior when you literally don’t have a prayer life. The time you are supposed to gather them for devotion is the time you are rushing out.
Perhaps you should be the example of things you profess. Take them for evangelisms. Study the word with them. Pray with them and for them. Make them see the blessedness of having a close walk with God first; and the blessedness of working in the vineyard of the Lord.
You can’t refuse them going for meetings and then come cry foul when they lose interest in the things of God. You come with different excuses “They are too young to fast... Oh no, they can’t do prayer vigils… they can’t stand the stress. They are just teens…. they may not understand the scriptures now”.
You don’t make any effort to help them understand, yet you strive each day to make them understand different genres of books which are not bad in themselves.
I don’t know the kind of teens you want to present to God at the close of the day, but if there is anything I would love to chip in here, is that you strive to balance the equation instead of exempting them from spiritual activities.
If you want to raise a teen who doesn’t joke with his/her relationship with God, then you have to help them get there.
If you would have to pray, pray. If you have to sacrifice your personal comfort to make them understand certain things, please do. You may argue that some of them grow up to a different path later in future; even after all they have been exposed to spiritually. Still, do your best and leave out uncertainties.
Whatever be the case, don’t fail to be a true model of righteousness to them.
CATCH THEM YOUNG!
God bless you and do have a fruitful Thursday!
Hi there, My name is Faith Ijeoma Ezenwere. I am a Broadcast Journalist/OAP and a teen coach. I am passionate about building a community of impact driven Teens and young adults in all spheres of life. In simple terms, I help Teens/Young adults live their dreams. Welcome to my World!
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