I have two teenagers at home experiencing fascinating seasons in their lives. They’re looking toward the future with hope and expectation, wondering if they'll marry, have children, like their jobs, and make enough money to live comfortably. They're also curious about how and if God will use them in adulthood.
Yes, life is exciting for them, but they also experience discouragement. Alex, my 17-year-old, experienced his first job layoff from an ice cream shop because winter came. His unexpected job loss led to a conversation about the many layoffs my husband and I have endured and the importance of saving for a rainy day. Charis, my 15-year-old, was recently passed over for a dance number. Her experience led to my husband and I speaking with her about how life doesn’t always give us what we want, but we need to trust the Lord to work everything together for our good.
Having tough conversations with our teenage children when they’re running low on hope is essential. We need to give them the tools to bounce back from disappointments, to help them keep pressing toward their goals and dreams without falling into depression, anger, bitterness, or resentment.
The Bible is a toolbox full of hope, encouragement, and instruction for our children. When they face trials, tests, and temptations that seek to steal their hope, we can point them to the Bible where they are sure to find the encouragement they need.
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