You have cared for your teenager for many years, hoping that he or she will grow into a Christ-centered adult. Soon that child will be leaving home, heading out into a world that will challenge his or her faith. As a parent, you want your child to be prepared for that world. Here are some of the best habits for you to model and share to help your child grow into a successful and faithful adult.
Waking Up Early
The early morning is the perfect time to start the day with a quiet time of prayer and study. The Sleep Advisor explains, “those early hours can also be a time for some physical fitness, taking care of the body in preparation for the day ahead.” Many people find the morning to be the most productive part of the day. There is great satisfaction in having a few things checked off the personal to-do list before the work day begins.
Staying Away from Drugs
Drug use is an unfortunate path away from positive living. Drug abuse and drug addiction can cost countless hours in lost time at best. At worse, they can lead to overdose and death. Despite the risks, The Recovery Village explains, “almost 10 percent of American adults have tried illicit drugs, and drug treatment is a multi-million-dollar industry.” Make sure to lovingly remind your teen to stay away from drugs, and to have open conversations about things like drugs. Many times teens in particular will explore other options like drugs or alcohol because they want to rebel, and they don’t understand the dangerous consequences.
Daily Bible Study
The Bible is God’s gift to the faithful. In it, your teen can find wisdom from the past, instructions for a moral life and guidance for the future. The book of Proverbs will teach your child practical lessons in wise living. Ecclesiastes will show how to keep things in perspective. The words of Jesus in the gospels will teach your teen about living with compassion, caring for others and trusting in God. By studying the Bible every day, your teen will reinforce the promises and lessons of Christian faith.
Arriving on Time to Everything
Daring to Live Fully explains, “punctuality is an important virtue that is often neglected. Showing up on time or a little early shows respect for the people you are meeting; that you value their time and take it seriously.” Being early also can create opportunities. If you are the first person to arrive at a group setting, you might get a few minutes of extra time with the group leader, leading to a personal connection. First impressions will always be important, and punctuality helps make a great first impression.
God’s people are called to be generous. Through your own example, encourage your teen to share what he or she has whether it is time, talent or money. World Vision explains, “volunteering to help others teaches the of Christian way of service. Donating or tithing helps put the value of money in its place as well as helping other organizations do important work in the community.” Importantly, generosity is contagious, and your teen’s generosity can encourage the generosity of his or her peers.
You want your teen to develop habits that will lead to success in life. The best way to instill these values is by living them yourself. As it says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
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