When Your Teen is Struggling With Their Faith
“If our kids never struggle with their faith, they will have borrowed convictions.” –Josh McDowell
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I was raised in a Christian home. My mom was a children’s pastor. I felt like I was always at church. But when I got to high school, I started having doubts about my faith. I was no longer interested in taking everything my parents said at face value. I had to figure it out for myself. More importantly, I needed the Holy Spirit to help me…to change my heart. I could no longer rely on my parent’s faith. It had to be my own.
I’ve heard it said; “there are no grandkids in God’s family.”
Later, in college, I came to have a more personal relationship with Jesus. It became something of my own, something I had wrestled with and worked through. I’ve continued to grow in my faith since that time. I can say, now, that there’s nothing I value more than my relationship with Christ. He’s the center of my life.
I was a Christian from an early age. I was five years old when I prayed the first time, asking Jesus to forgive my sins- and I committed my life to him. But if I’m being perfectly honest, there was something of a parent pleasing aspect to that first prayer. Nevertheless, it was what I was capable of at the time- and I believe God honored that prayer, making me His own, from that moment on.
Now that I’m a parent of a teen, myself, I can sympathize with my own parents, and how scary that must have been for them, seeing their daughter struggle with her faith during those teen years. As a Christian parent, there’s nothing more important than the aim of our children coming to know Christ in a personal way.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not only normal, for kids raised in Christian homes to struggle with their faith, but it’s important.
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