What story will our kids choose to live in? That’s a necessary question every parent and youth worker must ask. If our calling is to lead kids to find their place in God’s story (the biblical narrative and way), we need to help them see the foolish dead-end that results in living according to the world’s story (the cultural narrative and way). The former is what we have all been made for and it leads to our flourishing. The latter is the option that is embraced by many, but which leads to our demise. . . both in the present and in the future.
This morning I read these words from Proverbs. . . “For I too was a song to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. Then he taught me, and he said to me, ‘Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. . . The righteous live blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.’” (Proverbs 4:3-4, 20:7).