Monday, December 05, 2005

Wisdom in young places

Spunky's recent post, is a really important and powerful one. If you have not read it, I encourage you to. How are we to get to the end of our parenting journey? It is a good lesson for me and a sad one for others.


Here is a good bit of it...


A month ago we all heard the sad story of the double murder of Kara Borden's parents by David Ludwig. This week brought more tragic news of fourteen year old Marlee Johnston allegedly murdered by fourteen year old homeschooler Patrick Armstrong.

Do the teen years have to be so turbulent? Here is a previous post recounting a conversation I had with my own son about the teenage years last year. I don't consider myself an expert on parenting. My own children are not yet grown up. So my credibility is not super strong but I am seeing encouraging signs. Here's the post...

Don't Bend The Wire
A few months ago I took Jason (then 14) out to lunch. Actually, he suggested it and he was buying so off we went to Arby's for the 5 for $5 special. While I watched him eat his four sandwiches in the length of time it took me to eat one, we chatted about a lot of different things. When there was a lull in the conversation I switched the subject to a scripture that I had been meaning to ask him about. Proverbs 22:36 says "My son, give me thine heart and let thine eyes observe my ways." This seemed like the appropriate time to ask him if we still retained his heart even though he was in the middle of growing from a boy to a man.

He grinned and said, "Mom, if you and dad didn't have my heart then do you think I'd be sitting here with you at Arby's right now?"

Good point.

So I pressed him a little on why he thinks teens seem to stray away and what could a parent do to keep a child from rebelling against them and the Lord.

He said, "Don't bend the wire." I was confused. What exactly does that mean?


For the wise and important answer, click HERE. Thanks, Spunky, and keep up the good work!!

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