The discussion on which I am writing this reflection is on the third, and final discussion we had at the Lynden Conven­tion. What was discussed was centered on the convention outline by Rev. Moore, namely; Youth Serving God in the Family. Rev. Kamps introduced this outline by making a few remarks dealing with the young person’s relationship to his parents. First, that young people generally do not talk to their parents about any problems or concerns they might have. Second, that young people think that their parents are “hopelessly old-fashioned.” And finally, that there is often too much strife between family members.

Let us briefly look at these problems and invite some possible solutions.

  1. That young people rarely talk to their parents about problems or concerns they might have.

Why is this so true? We as young people cannot blame our parents for this. Actually, it is our own foolish pride that hinders us from communicating with our parents. We figure, maybe, that how we live and what we do along with what problems we have are our own business, and not our parents. Not true. Let us ask ourselves this. If we cannot bring our troubles (whether they be sinful or not) to our parents as Christ’s representatives in the family, how can we be sensitive enough to bring these things to God in prayer? We as young people must realize that God has given us our parents, and that our parents really do care.

2. Young people think that their parents are “hopelessly old-fashioned”.

We as young people fail to realize that our parents were also tempted by the same sins we are, and that discipline is very necessary to curb our youthful appetite for sin. In fact, the temptations we must withstand are twice as bad as they were in our parent’s days – even more reason for our parents to be “hopelessly old-fashioned”. Parents are called to discipline their children; there­fore we may not buck that discipline, but rather, we must learn so that we can by the grace of God, withstand the tempta­tions we are faced with. We must pray fervently for understanding and love for our parents. “Honor thy father and thy mother. …”

3.  There is strife between family members.

Read I Corinthians 13. Does this mean something to us? What is love? Do we love the Lord? If not, we cannot love our brother. God must first establish His love for us before we can show forth our love to others. For without the love of God we are nothing. Do we pray for God’s love so that we can show it to others? Strife in the family is a sorrow to parents, but the Lord God is deeply offended by it, for we dash our shining light against the rocks if we have no love for our family. What an awful thing!

Ask yourselves some very personal questions about these problems. Let us make our homes ones of love, patience, meekness, and service to the Lord. Think on these things.

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