THE 4TH WONDER…..THE TEENAGER

I am now the father of a teenager.  My eldest child just turned 13 a few weeks ago. We even had “The” talk when he was 12 to prepare us for this moment.  Now begins the bodily changes and the emotional and attitudinal changes.  There is more work ahead but it’s worth it. We have a great son.

 

Before I show you an amazing Bible verse on teens from one of the wisest men, here is my less spiritual but fun quotes on teenagers.

 

“Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.” 

Erma Bombeck

 

“As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.” 

Fran Lebowitz

 

Little children, headache; big children, heartache.  ~Italian Proverb

Too many of today’s children have straight teeth and crooked morals.  ~Unknown high school principal


Teenagers complain there’s nothing to do, then stay out all night doing it.  ~Bob Phillips

 

What you don’t correct in your own life , will come to fruition in your children’s  Jacob Aranza

 


You can tell a child is growing up when he stops asking where he came from and starts refusing to tell where he is going.  ~Author Unknown

 


Small children disturb your sleep, big children your life.  ~Yiddish Proverb

 

Those are the fun and not spiritual quotes.

I ran across a verse about teens in the Bible that I have never seen; and maybe that is because I have never had a teen till a few weeks ago.

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Can you Imagine If Your Dad Carried Jesus’ Cross?

I want to be able to live a godly life for my children that I will not have to say to them, “don’t do what I did” but I want to be able to say to them, “live how I lived.” I want them to be able to imitate me.

 

 

Do you know the father and son relationship between Simon and Rufus? Do you know these 2 Biblical names?

 

Here is something cool for us today….

 

 

 

In Romans 16, most historians and commentators believe that Rufus was the son of a cross carrier. And not just “A” cross carrier but “THE” cross carrier.

 

ROMANS 16:13 Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine

 

Rufus is the son of Simon of Cyrene, the man who was called out of the crowd to carry the cross of Jesus.




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My Non-Medical Opinion

(please don’t think I am belittling any disorder)

I’VE GOT A FUNNY FEELING ABOUT ALL THIS ADD STUFF

I am amazed that if any child is active today and has a short attention span, they are immediately labeled as ADD or ADHD.  Active, short attention span….??? C’mon folks that is the definition of “children” in the dictionary. And I have 4 of them.

I have this funny notion that since our society has looked  down on spanking and because  schools have removed corporal punishment, there seems to be a strong coincidence with the rise of these new disorders.

Less discipline then more diagnosis and new capital letters. I want to capitalize letters too…..K-I-D-S.

I would also add to the list the loss of children wanting to be outside playing .They have lost the desire to be out of the house and the ability to be creative because of  game systems. The games have taken away the imagination of our children.  Where we could find incredible uses for pieces of wood, dad’s tools and trees…. now we just stare at screens.  No one builds a tree house anymore.  We would rather arm ourselves with automatic assault weapons and walk through the streets of some middle eastern country with our fellow naval seals and we are only just 10 years old.

Ritalin is our new and easy answer. Ritalin I believe has replaced spanking and playing outside. It so much easier to give medication than to raise children.

You may think of me as simplistic and insensitive to those who really have this disorder. It’s not meant to be.  I just have a funny feeling about all this ADD stuff.