I am a youth worship director, and today I wanted to talk to you, and also a mom of a 16 year old, and I want to tell you today, three tips that I’ve found that really help to grow healthy teenagers that really always love and serve the Lord for the rest of their life.
So my first tip is to remember that they have a lot of emotions in their bodies, and sometimes they don’t always show up on their face. So sometimes when I’m talking to a teenager, I won’t even know that they are being so moved by the word of God, or by the worship that we’re doing, or by the verse that I read to them, or the word that I gave them. They are stone faced and they are not giving me any feedback, but I know that the Lord has spoken it to them. So I’m faithful, and I say the word, and let me tell you, I can’t tell you the number of times that they’ve come back to me and said, “Thank you for sharing that. When you shared that I was going through X, Y, and Z, and it broke things off of me.” So don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the reactions in the way that you think you should. Don’t get discouraged. Keep going, keep sharing with your kids, keep pouring into them, even if it’s not your kid. Even if it’s just a teenager that you know at church, pour into them.
My second tip for you is that teenagers need to feel empowered to make decisions. Because if they wait until they move out of your house before you ever let them make any decision for themselves, even if it’s the wrong decision, they are going to always feel like they can’t make great decisions. So empower your teenagers to make great decisions, give them your knowledge and wisdom, but let them make mistakes. It’s okay. We all fail, we all fall. Let your teenagers make mistakes. Now obviously, take it with a grain of salt, because we don’t, you know, let our teenagers do things that could harm them or other people, obviously. But when you have a good kid and, you know, most of us do, honestly, most of our teenagers just really want to love the Lord. They just want to feel empowered. So I want to give you that tip today. Empower your teenagers to make good decisions.
And the third thing that I wanna tell you, is that encourage your teenagers to get connected with other kids that love the Lord. This is so hard sometimes to find the right community. But if your kids constantly feel isolated before they enter into the world, they’re not going to know how to look for friends that are strong, that are healthy, and they’re not going to have a support system. And just like we need a support system as adults, our teens need a support system.
So if there’s a teenager in your life, I want to give you a challenge today. Any teenager in your life, maybe it’s somebody that you know at church, maybe you’re a teacher and it’s one of your kids in your class. Maybe you’re a parent and it’s one of your actual biological children. I want to encourage you today. If there’s a teenager in your life, write them a handwritten note with a word from the Lord and hand it to them. And I want to challenge you to ask the Lord, ask the Lord for that breakthrough, ask Him for that blessing, and ask Him to show you the testimony on the other side of handing somebody an encouraging word in the middle of their day.
All right. Thank you, Jesus for our teenagers. Thank you, God that we all grow. We all go through these periods of time where we’re growing and learning. And I thank you that our teenagers are after your heart. We thank you for Gen Z, Jesus. We thank you for Gen Z and the creative nature of who they are, for the people that they are, for the heart that they have, for creativity and for adventure and excitement. God, we bless those things in Gen Z and God we say thank you for putting them in our lives to actually teach us how to keep it young and how to keep it fun. And we choose today to bless a teenager in our life. God, we pray blessing, outpouring, encounters, and moments with God, that they would undeniably know who you are, and that they would lead a generation of people to the Kingdom of heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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