For Husband and Wife ( Day 15 of 18 )
JUST SHARING (from the “Couple’s Devotional Bible”)
This article’s author: Dawson McAllister
Bible Passage: Job 5:17-27
Key Verse: Job 5:17
“Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”
Kids are searching for direction, for meaning and for someone who loves them. Their parents should be the source of these things, but too often that isn’t the case. That’s one reason teenagers get caught up in drugs, promiscuous sex and, in some cases, the occult. They aren’t getting the love, attention and support they need from their parents, so they resort to these damaging things that welcome them with open arms.
Parental permissiveness is a widespread problem. Most teenagers won’t come up to their parents and say, “Hey Dad and Mom, I need you to buckle down and enforce a strict curfew on me. I also need for you to do a better job of monitoring my friendships. And while you’re at it, why not ground me for a week or two whenever I blow off my school work?” Kids are never going to say that, of course, but they’re feeling it. And let’s face it, they shouldn’t have to say those things. Parents are the people God made responsible for the welfare of their children.
Parents need to show consistency, enforce moral standards and foster a sense of order, discipline and trust. A teenager wants to know that his parents love him enough to be involved in his life. He wants his parents to show interest in his friendships, to be concerned about his school work and to love him enough to correct him when he shows signs of getting involved in self-destructive behavior.
• What are some of the limits children need but are unable to ask for themselves?
• Why is a home atmosphere of loving acceptance so crucial for preventing a young person from latching onto destructive habits?
Additional Scripture Readings: Proverbs 4:1-3; Hebrews 12:4-11