Spiritual Influence - Part 2

Dear Parents,

I just want you to know that I am your biggest fan! You as a parent stand on the front lines when it comes to raising your teen and take the hardest hits. And you need to know that you aren’t alone. Someone is rooting for you and it’s me. That’s why understanding the role you as parents have in the spiritual training of your teen is so important.

It can get a little mixed up at times. I know it’s easier to let someone else argue your point for you, but you need to know that your teen listens to you much more than anyone else. It doesn’t seem like it, I know, but it is true.

I want to be your backup, not the other way around.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.

This verse is not a guarantee that your child will “repeat” your faith but it is an assurance that your influence in their lives makes an impression that they can’t forget. It is my goal to cheer you on as you make your mark of influence on the soul of your teenager. Let’s work together to paint such a beautiful picture of Christ that they run to Him with their trust.

Have God-confidence in your ability to train them to become Godly adults. After all, He chose you to be their parent.

Walking this journey with you,

James

Sibling Rivalry - Part 2

Dear Parent,

We are talking about sibling rivalry this month and if you missed the video from our last email, you can go HERE to catch up!

This isn’t an easy issue by a stretch.  We are dealing with unique individuals with specific ideas that haven’t learned yet that the idea they are holding so tightly to very possibly could be flawed.  This might actually come as a surprise to your teen.  Teenagers react very passionately to perceived injustices.

It reminds me of Luke 9 when Jesus was speaking to His disciples after His transfiguration.  It should have been one of the most spiritually encouraging events for his disciples but somehow it ended up in an argument about who had more importance to Jesus among the Twelve.  Sibling rivalry.  All Jesus had to say was, “Whoever is least among you, this one is the greatest.”

We have to teach our teens that it’s about others.  But first our actions will be much louder than our words!

Your Biggest Fan,

James