I felt my heart beat fast as I watched my daughter come down the stairs. I didn’t want to have to do this…not this morning. She was already running late, moods were grumpy, and I knew it wasn’t going to go well. At all.
And yet, I couldn’t let her walk out the door with that article of clothing. Sure, it was the style. Sure, ALL of the girls wore them.
But is our standard everyone else? Does it make it right?
I breathed deeply, and began the conversation I didn’t want to have.
Isn’t that true so much of the time?
We must engage our kids on an issue, even when we know it is going to be uncomfortable, and lead to divided opinions.
Here is the thing about teenagers, especially. They will disagree with us. They will push back. They won’t see our perspective yet (possibly not until they become parents themselves).
But that doesn’t mean we shrink back from teaching them, training them in righteousness, or encouraging them in God honoring ways.
We must. Because if we don’t, who will?