THIS WEEK’S PROJECT
Isaiah 8:18 (KJV) Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Communication is essential. In order to do that you must get into the world they live in. That doesn’t mean you need to try to be cool and act like a teenager. That is disgusting to them. But you do have to be aware of what is going on in their world and be able to talk about it with them.
Get on their turf. When our kids were teenagers from time to time we would go in their rooms and hang out with them. Their room was the intimate place they lived. We would go in and just engage in conversation. It was amazing how they would open up and begin to talk. The talk was not a lecture from us. We didn’t freak out if they said something we didn’t agree with. We would ask them questions and let them express what they were thinking. When we got on their turf they would open up because we showed that we cared what they were going through.
Isn’t that what Jesus did? He got on our turf. He came to earth to totally identify with humans. If you show your teenager you care about them and their opinion, you will be amazed how they will open up and share their heart with you. Many times when you do that they will open up to you and ask questions. When their hearts are open they will receive from you as parents.