Bonus Day 11: Wrap-up
Whether the teens in your world think their identity comes from affirmation on social media, family approval, friendships, or a relationship with Christ – the conversation about identity is foundational. In fact, if you’ve done any other teen talks, this one may lie at the core of the other topics of Relationships, Pornography, Sexuality, etc.
The distractions and causes for FOMO in this world are unending. Whether we fall into focusing on bodies, social circles, relationships, or faith for belonging is a matter of choice + discipleship. You can provide only one of those. It’s difficult as a parent or a leader to see those you’re responsible for making choices that take them in a direction you know is not best.
It’s not fun to confront the “very good but cursed” world we live in, but let the truth that “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’” (Abraham Kuyper) reign on this matter. We have no need to fear the source of our identity of the teens we lead because our creator has designed us and our purpose.
In fact, if you’ve followed each day’s Actions, you’ve had 10 intentional conversations so far! That said, we all miss a day here and there. Keep coming back to these resources. Let them guide you in your discussions – which are often far more about tone, approach, listening, and grace instead of the answers we assume we ought to immediately give.
If you take one thing away from this Teen Talk, let it be that this conversation is not over. It is simply one little component of your discipleship of the teens you see on a regular basis. God’s truth must permeate this on every level, and even the resources you have here are not enough for a lifelong conversation.
Axis can help, we can come alongside the conversation and your family/community to be a guide, and you get to be the one facilitating this under the banner of God’s grace and sovereignty. Good luck. We’re happy to have helped. Let us know how we can keep your lifelong conversation going.