Closing Comments

Living takes a whole lot of love and grace, and parents of teenagers usually need a more than average supply to meet all the demands placed on them. Sooner or later most parents discover that they just do not have the strength or the love they need. By the end of the day, they often feel they have little left in their batteries. Where can a weary parent retreat to find a quick charge, or a full recharge-or a whole new battery if needed?
That’s where God comes in. He’s the One who built us and gave us life and being. He’s the source of all life and love and power, a stream of strength and inspiration that never runs dry. The secret of truly powerful parenting is to learn how to unplug from our own failing power packs and plug directly into God’s power supply.
Plug into the power of God right now! His power is always on. Stop, get quiet, relax, take a deep breath, clear your mind. Set aside your cares and concerns for a moment. Now turn your antenna up to God. Direct your thoughts and prayers to Him, your own great and eternal Parent. Ask Jesus for His help, His light, His life to fill your heart and mind and being. Let Him take you in His arms and reassure you of His unfailing love and care.
Would you like to have a direct, personal link with God that provides very real answers to life’s problems? He offers you this and much, much more! It all begins with receiving His Son, Jesus Christ, into your heart.
Jesus came for love, lived in love, and died for love-and now He wants to be a part of your life. He will give you His love, peace and joy, and be your closest friend and companion. He loves you so much that He suffered for your sins and died in your place, so that you could have eternal life. All He asks is that you receive Him as your Savior.
The choice is yours. Jesus’ love is all-powerful, but He won’t force His way into your life. He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20 NKJ). He gently knocks at the door of your heart, and stands there meekly, lovingly, patiently, waiting for you to open up and ask Him in.
If you haven’t yet received Jesus, you can right now by praying a simple prayer like the following:

Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for me. Please forgive me for all the wrongs I’ve done, and give me eternal life. I open the door to my heart and invite You to come in. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed to receive Jesus, you can be assured that He heard and answered. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12 NKJ). Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step into a wonderful new life of love that will never end!

A father finds the key

Here is one father’s account of finding the key to communicating with his teen:

Over the last few months we have had a breakthrough with our teen son. The key was sports. Taking an hour or so to play soccer with him each day is helping him through a difficult stage in his life. Fourteen-year-old Tim is a pretty high-powered boy and had been getting into a lot of trouble.
Shocked at how badly our once nice kids seemed to be turning out, my wife and I realized we needed to get on the ball. We decided we had to start spending more personal time, one-on-one with our teens. I focused on Tim, and my wife spent more time with our 17-year-old daughter.
Tim tended to vent his anger and frustration in aggressive competitiveness, and he was such a bad loser that he was hard to be around. In other areas he was unreliable. His chores and other things he started were left undone. We were on his case continually. At first it just seemed impossible to get through to Tim. The door to his life was locked to my wife and me. We were desperate to find the key, some small point of agreement that we could start to build on.
Tim seemed to have only one interest, and that was soccer. He wasn’t on a team, and I had mixed feelings about Tim getting more involved in this sport, since he already wasn’t getting along well with others. Finally, in the hope of getting closer to Tim, I decided to enter his world and play some soccer with him each day. With this small amount of communication and active involvement, to my amazement Tim quickly began to change and open up. Soon, other people were commenting how much he was changing and becoming such an outgoing, communicative, confident, fun and pleasant teen to be around. (And frankly, I too am feeling a whole lot healthier and happier. Getting outdoors and playing an active sport can do more than burn pent-up teen energy-it can provide a release from parental frustration as well.) For sure it beats the direction Tim seemed to be heading, becoming a bored couch potato or an asocial computer addict, or fighting with someone, or figuring out what mischief to get into next.





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