By the time our teenagers are 16 to 17 years old they should have a dependence on God with their choices and with their future.

I believe our job as parents is to point them to Christ from day one. Yet, the teenage years may be difficult because we see some of their choices as we scream from the top of our lungs – “stupid” or their excuses for doing things, as what Bill Cosby said, “Theo, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard”.

It’s when they come to our rooms at night asking questions or seeking advice, yes, we want them to come to us, but did they go to God first should be the first thing that comes out of our mouths.

There is a generation that is dependent on self-help books. Telling us what to do, how to do it, and how doing those things will make us feel better and get what we want.

And now it’s life hacks.  Hacks that make us get to the end result sooner rather than through a longer process.

What if instead we taught this generation, who are currently teenagers and under our watch, if they trust God with the end result, no matter how long it takes to get there, the finish line will be so much greater and well worth it.  And, guess what, mom and dad, their faith grows because of it.  Isn’t that kinda what we want anyway?

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised (Rom 4:20-21, NIV)