I hope my last letter to you helped you to begin to see your parents in a different light. As promised, here is a continuation of my last letter to you.
Dear teenager, yes I know that you get along with that your friend from school or college very well. It is true that they are your best mates. However it is also true that they are teenagers just like you who are discovering who they are. As a teenager, you are an adult which means that you strongly aware that there are choices that YOU have to make in your life…however you are still a child in the sense that you still need guidance(this is one of the most important truths you can accept if you will make the most of your teenage years). Your friends can sometime provide that guidance for you, but they don’t see the bigger picture well enough to ALWAYS give you sound advice. Here’s what I am saying, please form strong friendships with your age mates, but never make a major decision only on the basis of what your mates tell you.
Dear teenager, here is what I have discovered, particularly in my teenage years…in the end, my parents advice or instruction beats advice from my mates…99% of the time! Don’t discover this the hard way!
My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck. (Proverbs 1:8, 9 NLT)
Right now, I understand that being like your friend(s) is really important to you. The truth is that the “coolness” of your friend is important in your world as it is, but it is not the most important thing in the world that you are going into in a few short years. If you could see that your friend in 10 years time, I promise you that you wouldn’t want to be like them! Especially if what they’re calling “cool” flouts every instruction God has given you through your parents. Dear teenager, here’s what I am saying…enjoy your teenage years in every single way that you can, but be a smart teenager.
A smart teenager is one who makes daily decisions today, only after having looked into tomorrow through the windows fashioned by their parents sound Words.
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. (Proverbs 4:7 NLT)
I hope this helps you. Next time I will write to your parents about you. Together we’ll work this thing out!!
Your God always understands. He can be trusted. His advice, His instructions will never lead us to a future that we will not pleased with. Develop confidence in His Word.
God bless you & keep you.