Last night we had Family Council, imagine Survivor meets the Brady Bunch (the Cosby Show might be more like it but I feel weird writing that).
What I love most about Family Council is that I get to preach for 40mns while everyone takes a nap (sounds like most Sunday mornings!).
We talked about teenagers, sex and cars.
It really wasn’t as exciting as it sounds, but we did talk about all those things. My mom, my wife, our three teenage/pre-teen children and Daisy the Dog sat together in the living room to reflect on 2014.
My main point was simple: Raising Teenagers is Like Putting Rocks in a Blender.
Everyone nodded in agreement, even Daisy the Dog woke up from her nap to give a knowing look. I told the group how for the last year and a half my wife and I felt like we’d been put in a blender without a lid.
No water, no non-fat or soy milk, no berries or veggies, just rocks, sand and a prayer. That’s how raising teenagers feels.
My wife and I told our children we love them, that we’re proud of them, that we hope they start paying rent soon. Really, it was a meaningful time, something I hope will last longer than the overpriced shoes they got for Christmas.
My mom said a few words and like amazing moms (and abuelitas) always do she focused on God. She challenged us to be better at God, to put Jesus at the center of all we do, to read our Bibles, pray every day and we’ll grow, grow, grow. I took her words to heart.
I love our teenagers, they drive me nuts but I could not live with out them. In fact, I hope they start working out soon so one day they can push my wheelchair around church and carry my guitar.
If you have teenagers, may God bless you, it’s tough but rewarding. And if you ever need to go to Sears and get a new blender, let me know, ours is ready for a tune-up.
Thank you for reading. Have a great New Year’s. I’m here for you, cheering you on.