Monday, 03 March 2014 14:20

Pathway to Life

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”


“Don’t waste this pain” were the words of Rev. Jay Wolf to a sanctuary packed with young people mourning the loss of a 19-year-old friend.  This young man, described as winsome, engaging and personable had struggled through the years and now his life was over, far too soon.  His family, distraught and devastated, called on the minister to talk about a better choice.  What do we do now?


“This is the better choice,” Rev. Wolf said while holding a pocket cross reading ‘Follow Jesus’, “Let Jesus be the light that will get you through the darkness!”


As I sat in this “Celebration of Life” for a young man who so many loved, I prayed, “Let them hear you, Dear Lord!”  I prayed not only that our young people would catch this message but that we, as parents, would hear it, too.  Our children must make a choice, to either live in the light or stumble through the darkness, but are we as parents guiding them along a pathway to life?


The road in this life is filled with obstacles and perilous terrain.  Our young people, more than ever, are facing temptation that with social media never goes away.  There seems to be an endless need for more--more things, more attention, more love, more moments of feeling they’re part of the “in” crowd, and too many times, parents step in to fill that need in every way but pointing them to Jesus Christ. So again the question, “Are we leading our children on the pathway to life?”



Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”



A Christian speaker sharing tips about relating to our teens said, “Overly responsible adults are creating irresponsible kids.” That’s another way of describing the hovering parent--the one who constantly swoops in to solve problems for their children before they ever get a chance to navigate the situation or experience the consequences that come with poor decisions.  He suggested we be intentional about knowing our children’s world--their music, movies, hobbies, books, yes, even Instagram and such, so we can better help them navigate through these years of discovery.


I’m blessed to know many parents who live an intentional life for Christ and who model great ways of leading our children on a pathway to life.  They’re the parents who offer their homes for times of fellowship, where there is no pressure to take part in immoral or illegal activity, such as underage drinking.  These times of fellowship offer a loving, accepting environment with games, good food and conversation rather than unsupervised alone time.  You’ve probably heard it said that young people crave boundaries, they just don’t know it.  Watch for yourself in certain situations where young people are gathered and you’ll see it’s true.  When you present those boundaries in a welcoming atmosphere free of judgment, young people thrive and their numbers tend to multiply.  Before you know it, you have a house full of youth who just want to be with one another, sharing laughs and in the process holding each other up.



John 8:31:“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”



Share the love of God with your children and the young people of today and please lead them to God’s word.  There’s great freedom in knowing Jesus loves you and has great plans for you--plans bigger than any of us can even imagine!  How exciting is that? There’s great freedom in knowing when times are tough or even devastating, His comfort and peace that transcends our understanding, floods our very being, bringing rest and hope.


That young man so many gathered to mourn loved to make people laugh and had a contagious smile.  Do you know someone like that?  If you do, work hard to make sure he lives beyond his teenage years.  Work hard to lead him on a pathway to life.



Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”



Dear Heavenly Father,

May our lives shine with you--radiating abundant life! May we lead our children and everyone around us into your light. Help us to be intentional about sharing laughter, joy and love and presenting an environment where our young people can thrive without the pressures of today.  Please comfort those in despair and may we see every new day as a chance to follow you.  In the mighty name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.




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