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Rebel and Repeat - Part 2
June 20, 2018

I would like to begin by handing you a machete.

A machete is a long knife used in the jungle to cut through thick brush and create a path.

I want to hand you a figurative machete and inspire you to start beating down a path through life for your teenager to follow.

There is no greater spiritual influence in the life of your teenager than you. As your parent ministry partner the smartest thing I can do is to set you up to blaze a trail of spiritual heritage for your teenager to follow.

That is why I want to encourage you to live out Psalm 145:4 with your teenager.

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”

Here are 3 ways you can blaze a spiritual path for your teenager:

  1. Close the old trails - You might have had a trail marked out for you by your parents that led to lots of pain. You don’t have to continue that path. You can close that trail and mark a new one for your teenager to follow.
  2. Mark the trail in word and deed - Far too often we try to make a spiritual impact on our teenager through words alone. Consider adding actions to your words. This has a multiplying effect on the integrity and influence you have with your teenager.
  3. Don’t force it - You can mark a beautiful path for them to follow. You can make the entrance clear. You can shine a light on it showing them where to go. But you can’t make them follow the path. That is ultimately their choice. You can’t control their faith decisions, you can only guide them.

I would add one more step you can take - pray. God loves your teen more than you possibly can and He also knows them better than you do. Your teen may not listen to what you have to say, but you can pray that God will bring people and circumstances into their life that will draw them into a deeper faith and a closer walk with Him.

If you haven’t checked the Rites of Passage Experience yet, please go here to check it out. It is another simple and powerful way that we can work together to blaze a trail and help you pass down your faith to your teenager.

With blessings,
Angie

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