Those Nasty Teenage Years

pic497_wwwjjl“Just wait ‘til they are teenagers!”  I heard this warning told to my parents by other adults my entire pre-teen years.  I also heard from adults, television, books and radio that when I turned 13 I would become disrespectful, rude, have the “all about me” attitude, and I would be disobedient to my parents.  It’s no wonder that we have a world full of disrespectful, rude, and disobedient teenagers!  The society we live in teaches teens that this is how they should act and parents make excuses for them and think this is normal behavior.  As Christians, we know that even though the world says that smoking, drinking and sex before marriage is normal for the teen we would not even think about participating in them.  But, even though your attitude may not seem as big of an issue as drinking, God views how we act in every area of our life as important.

2 Timothy 3:2-4 shows us how the ungodly act, “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” It is scary to see that lovers of self, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unloving and headstrong are in the same category as blasphemers!  These ungodly attitudes that the Bible tells us not to have are some of the same attitudes that the world treats as inevitable for teenagers.

Being disobedient and disrespectful toward your parents can be the most dangerous out of all these bad behaviors!  Colossians 3:20 tells us, “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.”  When teenagers are disrespectful and disobedient to their parents, this also is a sin and disobedience against God!  Unless your parents are telling you to do something sinful, you MUST obey them.  No matter how unfair or unnecessary it seems, you have to do as they say.  Whether you believe it or not, your parents have been through much more than you and are much wiser.  God gives us commands that will make our life better and that will keep our life more safe.  Listening to our parents and being respectful to them will not only make your relationship with your parents better, but it will also bring you closer to God.

Instead of letting the world tell us what attitude we should and will have, we should be letting God’s Word tell us how we should act. Galatians 2:22-24 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”  See the difference in the world’s view of how we should act and God’s view of how we should act?  Never in God’s Word does it give children going through their teenage years excuses for having bad attitudes.  Prove the world wrong and show them that even through your teenage years, you will have a godly attitude!

Alicia Bookout
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Alicia and her husband Garrett currently serve at the Northwest congregation in Lawton, OK. They have two children: Emma and Wesley.

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