Kids Running The Show

read this blog post by Walt Mueller of CPYU.org.  His comments from Dr. Leonard Sax’s new book are quite challenging and indicative of the culture and a whole.

 

Messed-Up Parenting. . . and What Might Be My “Book of the Year”. . .

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The Bad side of Cyber, and how to help

Here is a helpful info-graphic on the bad side of the cyber world.  As you look it over, ask God to give you insight into how your child uses the internet as well as what you can do to help them be good stewards of that privilege.

 

Teen Cyber-Security. . . A Helpful Infographic To Share With Parents

Surprising and Encouraging Research

We all assume young people are taking the sexual revolution to new levels.  We are not wrong to assume this, as people like Miley Cyrus and every other young pop singer have given us a window into the Millenial ethos…. but Relevant Magazine recently published an article responding to research in New York Magazine that shows 40% of college students have never had sex before.  This is up from 13% of college students just a few years before hand.

Here’s the article:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/why-arent-millennials-having-sex-anymore

Though this change may not be the result of theological or personal conviction regarding God’s purpose for sex, it is encouraging to see that the power of sex, and the effect of sin, are being felt and responded to on some level.  It is a step in the right direction – but we cannot be satisfied thinking that less young people are hooking up or sleeping around.  We must encounter them with the life-changing power of the gospel.  Behavior does not save, only faith in the atoning work of Christ on the cross… “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)

Sports over Christ

Is it more important than your relationship with Jesus?  This is the diagnostic question we should constantly be asking ourselves about all our earthly endeavors.  In my experience in youth ministry at 3 different churches – when it comes to playing and watching sports, sports takes precedent over “church stuff” about 75% of the time.  Sports are important.  It teaches work ethic, team dynamics, winning and losing with respect, and it’s fun!  However, we have to stop look at ourselves and our kids and ask, “Are sports more important than our relationship with Jesus?”  If the answer is yes, maybe it’s time to pause and examine our heart and what it means to follow Jesus.

I stumbled across this article today, it is worth a read:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-diagnostic-questions-to-detect-sports-idolatry

Encouragement in the faith is key.  Strong family time, faithful friends, and quiet times with the Lord are key for the busy student athlete.  Every now and then pause and ask yourself the 3 questions from the article – see how the answers change over time, and always point your kids to the cross.

As a reminder – If Jesus doesn’t come first for us He’s not going to come first for our kids.  If Jesus doesn’t come first for our kids NOW, He might never come first.  Sports are good…but Jesus is better!

Matt