Scripture Resource Passage: Colossians 3:17
The Johannsen family consists of Roberta who is a single mom and three adolescents. Rachel is thirteen, Ron is fifteen, and Robert is seventeen years of age respectively. Roberta acknowledges that encouraging spiritual values with her teenagers is a challenging process.
Insightful and helpful spiritual wisdom for adolescents may come from parents or peers. We also know the power of market-place advertising and the significance of peer pressure. Teens (and each of us) can benefit from spiritually appropriate input, when it is delivered at precisely the right time.
Believing in seizing a teachable moment Roberta continues making solid investments of time and conversation with her children. Following a church-youth-group encounter Roberta wisely listened and talked her children. Part of the weekend emphasis had included a discussion of appropriate clothing styles.
Roberta asked a friend, “How do I help my daughter, who faces the pressure of adolescence, think through decisions about her appearance?”
She continued, “I want to do more than say ‘No, you can’t wear that!’ I want her to think about the spirituality of clothing.”
She asked her friend, “Did I really say ‘the spirituality of clothing?’”
She explained, “I also have to find a way to include my boys in this conversation. I’m not sure how to work this into our family time.”
Individual families and the family of nations often choose to ignore fundamental spiritual instructions. The disaster outlined in the classic book The Lord of the Flies by William Golding gives a clever account of events which occur without maturing spiritual guidance. Likewise, the challenge of early (or late) adolescent years is not lessened simply because a family chose the spiritual values of Jesus.
- As Roberta continues to be a single mom, what encouragement would you give her in conversations with her children?
- What do you think of Roberta’s identifying: the spirituality of clothing?