The contemporary church is seeing a mass exodus of young adults walking away from their faith in their late teens and early twenties. Some studies say the percentage is around 80% while others estimate it to be much higher. As a father, I am passionate for the faith of my children. As a pastor, I am passionate for the faith of others. And as a youth pastor, I am passionate for the faith of families and young adults.
From parents who neglect family time for work or personal interests, to kids who hole up in their bedrooms to “hang out” on Facebook—it appears that some families do everything possible to avoid each other. I challenge you to resist—to reverse this trend. Like a fish swimming upstream, choose to develop your family differently.
Christian homes are becoming scarce. The once-common model of parenting—in which dad and mom stood and sacrificed together to steer their children to adulthood—has been disassembled and cheaply improvised by a godless culture.
Because God has made each of us unique in our personality, conflicts will emerge. No couple is identical in their thinking, attitude, or behavior. Thus, conflict is not the problem. How we respond to those conflicts is the issue!
Of all the blessings of the holiday season, one of the greatest is the gift of making family memories and revisiting cherished traditions. The key to making family memories is to make them; don’t just wait for them to happen.