Another one for parents.
In his book, “An Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens” Paul David Tripp identified 5 idols that parents must reject to be effective parents in an age of opportunity. Here’s a sample of what he shares:
The anger, frustration, discouragement, irritation, impatience, and fear that parents feel during the teen years not only reveal that the teen is struggling, but that the parents are as well.
If our hearts are controlled by something other than God, the great opportunities of the teen years will not be viewed as opportunities at all, but as a constant stream of hassles brought on by a selfish, immature person who upsets our otherwise comfortable life.
Failure to deal with our idolatry will mean we will turn God-given moments of ministry into moments of anger. We will personalize what is not personal, become adversarial in our approach to our teen, and settle for quick, situational solutions…
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