Life Purpose For Teens Preparation Is Important, Beneficial and Will Help To Set The Right Path For Their Future
Lessons For Teens With Various Christian Backgrounds and Current Living Situations
“Life Purpose For Teens” is a five-part series that will help you get your teen involved in God’s plans, purposes and pursuits for his or her life by introducing the idea and helping them take action according to their willingness, ability and knowledge of God’s Word.
If you have more than one child, you’ll have to keep in mind throughout the lessons that each child must be dealt with on an individual basis. If you have more than one child, you’ve probably realized by now that each has a different personality, even if they have all been given the same upbringing. This is just a fact of life and it’s a good thing to keep in mind because God deals with each of us according to our individual natures with patience, love and forgiveness.
Throughout, please keep the personality or character of your children in mind. What works for one child will not always work for another. Yet, when it comes to God’s Word, it’s always the same, so you can depend upon God to lead your children to Him or fix a broken situation while your children still remain within your household. If they’re not living at home and you have no physical control over their lives, then you’ll have to rely upon prayer, which is a powerful force. I will go into what type of prayer as the lessons continue.
Hebrews 13:8 (NASB)
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Other factors that need to be considered are how long your child or children have been exposed to a Christian background, how much they know about the Word of God (the Bible) and what influences are present in their lives that are a driving force for their interests and loyalties.
For instance, a child from a broken home who feels isolated and unloved compared to a child living with both parents in an environment that makes them feel secure and loved will have different experiences when you try to expose them to God’s Word. However, the news that God has a special plan for their lives can bring excitement in even a troubled child’s life if presented properly and if the subject is backed by your becoming involved in a way that gives support, interest and sincerity.
Life Purpose For Teens Focus
Ideally we should all teach our children about the Word of God from the time they’re born. However, we can only teach our children as much as we know and display in our lives no matter how much they are exposed to church. There is the element of exposure they might have to more mature Christians or their own spiritual curiosity and desire for growth that can override their parents lack of Biblical knowledge or growth, but environment is very important. So, even though a child may override their parent’s lack of spiritual growth, parents should not leave that possibility to chance according to Proverbs 22:6.
Proverbs 22:6 (NASB)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Because every person is at a different level of life experience, some children are not going to learn about the salvation message and growth in Christ until their parents are ready and able to teach and expose them to a church environment. So it only stands to reason that our children’s level of acceptance of God’s Word for life purpose as a teen will depend upon many factors, including their past experience, what they currently believe or don’t believe, what situations they’re experiencing currently or what friends they spend time with. And if a child is so troubled and far removed from their parents, the more difficult it will be to steer them toward God’s Word.
In this series I’m going to cover five categories that parents, guardians or trusted relatives need to consider when sharing Christ with a teenager and ultimately the truth that God has a special purpose for their life which is great and wonderful. Each category of Life Purpose For Teens will give general guidance for preparing your child or a child in your care for their Christian life purpose.
Life Purpose For Teens Categories:
1. Teenagers who have grown up with the Word, happy with their life and family
2. Teenagers within a troubled environment who have grown up with the Word
3. Teenagers who are newly exposed to the Word
4. Teenagers who are troubled with a Christian background
5. Teenagers who are troubled without a Christian background
I will address each of the categories separately. Although you can concentrate on the category which most describes your teenagers situation, it may be helpful to read each lesson.