Life in the Warzone
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
What is the biggest struggle in parenting your teen right now? Is there any place where you feel overwhelmed? Maybe you feel you are making no progress with your teen. Perhaps it’s an area where your teen wants to push the limits to be more like their secular peers. Or maybe your teen just flat out doesn’t care about God or living for Him. Whatever it is – you realize you don’t know what to do. You don’t even know what to think. You’re like a soldier caught up in a raging battle hunkering down in the trenches. Bullets are whizzing by, mines are exploding all around you, the enemy is on the move – and you’re just scrambling to figure out how to protect those you love. Every week, every day seems to present new dangers and setbacks. Perhaps you go to sleep after another long day asking yourself, “Why is this so difficult? Will it ever get better? What do I do in the meantime?”
I don’t know where you are at, but for each of us – life is a struggle. Following Christ and living for the praise of God’s glory is not easy in a world marred by sin. And when it comes to parenting and shepherding the hearts of young people in a culture like ours, the task can even seem more daunting. So, what are we supposed to do? Throw in the towel? Put up the white flag?
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Cor. 3:10-11
Every home needs a firm foundation. Without the sound structural integrity of a firm foundation, it is only a matter of time before the cracks start to appear. More than that, without a firm foundation, one cannot even proceed in confidence. Why add walls or flooring or anything when you know it’s all going to crumble? So, a firm foundation is essential to building a stable, long-lasting home that many can find rest in.