Would you like to see your teenager have a better attitude?
As the leaders of the home you get to set the attitude example for your teenager to follow.
Philippians 2 displays Jesus’ example of the right attitude.
Here are 2 quick take-aways from Philippians 2 that can help change your attitude in your home this week:
- Look to Your Own Interests – This might be a surprise to you, but your interests matter. Philippians 2:4 it says, “look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others” This verse assumes you will take care of yourself before you try to take care of your family. It is not selfish to take care of yourself. In fact it sets you up to love your family from a position of health. It is not wise to give your teenager 100% of you, because if you do there is nothing left over. What can you do this week to take care of yourself in a way that will make you a better parent?
Some of the best things we can do to care for ourselves is to get some sufficient sleep, eat a healthy meal, say no to things that take you away from the most important things (excessive entertainment, over committing yourself to others, some of your student's activities) talking more often to the Lord (prayer), listening more often from the Lord (His Word), etc.
- Look to the Interest of Others – It is not wrong to take care of yourself, but it is wrong to take care of only yourself. Once you have taken care of yourself in a healthy way then you are free to give yourself away in service. The Midrash taught that no Hebrew, even a slave, could be commanded to wash feet. But Jesus chose to do that in John 13 to set a standard of what love looks like. To love is to serve. The attitude of Jesus was to serve others from a position of health. This example is one that could revolutionize your home.
If your attitude adjusts to look more like Jesus, you might be surprised to see your teenager’s attitude follow that example. Too many of us are not in a position to serve and love others (most importantly our own family) becasue of the lack of order and health in our own lives. Ask the Lord what steps you can begin to take in your own life by His grace so that you can begin to adequartely care and love those around you.
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Posted on Tue, April 25, 2017
by Jeron Young filed under