Kids today are growing up in a culture that’s constantly bombarding them with messages of entitlement. Some are subliminal and some outright overt, but they all scream, “I want it. I deserve it, and so, you should give it to me.”
That is a lie and could not be further from the truth.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 says: “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with the demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” Let me tell you a story. When, when my granddaughter Maile was 16, she texted me one time and she said, Hey Papa, can we get together for dinner? Just us. I quickly responded that as soon as I got back in town from a speaking event, I’d come and pick her up and we’d go wherever she wanted to do dinner. You know what? She just wanted to talk. Not anything remarkable or outstanding. That wasn’t her point. She was really just asking, am I valuable and important enough that you’d like to get together? I heard it loud and clear, and I quickly responded with a resounding YES, of course.
Every day, young people are bombarded with digitally altered images of celebrities and paid influencers with impossibly perfect bodies supposedly “living the dream.” And while we’re all guilty of comparison, teens are particularly vulnerable to its damaging effects.
This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston helps parents navigate the complicated—and potentially dangerous—world of social media.