Be An Example To Parents

Monday, May 18, 2020

1 Timothy 4:12 says Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Last week we looked at being an example to the youth we lead. This week, let's look at being an example to the parents. In what ways can we be an example to them?

Respect & Honour - there can be tension between youth leaders and parents sometimes, we can still be examples of respect and honour with the parents of our youth. Do all you can to show respect and preserve relationship. Sometimes this is not easy. Sometimes preserving a relationship is not possible because of the other person. But as much as it is within your ability, speak and act with respect and showing honour.

Culture - culture is ever changing and it can be hard to keep up. It can also be hard for some to find the redeeming factors of a culture. We can be an example to parents by how we engage and influence the culture of our youth. Not everything in youth culture is bad, but not all of it is good either. We can help parents see the good, and understand how to engage in conversations with their youth about the things that need to be redeemed.

Faith & Hope - as people who are one step removed from the day to day lives of our youth, we can add some perspective. Some parents can get caught up in a moment or season of crisis. They may lose sight of hope. We can be an example of faith, speaking hope and life into the circumstance. That is not about trying to make it better with Christian cliches, that is about pointing parents to Jesus, who loves their child too. And a God who can redeem circumstances.

As youth leader's we have the privilege of partnering with God, partnering with parents and serving young people. We won't get it right every time, but we can ask God to help us be leaders that love. Leaders that show grace. Leaders that look and serve, not just the youth but their parents.

With God in you and with you, you are able to make a difference.

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