Hands-on Help: Parents
group magazine: November-December, 2004
“I wondered what his answer would be, and he basically said to not question him.”
—Mindy Smith, a mainstream singer/songwriter whose album One Moment More made her a critic’s favorite after years of struggling to make it financially, on God’s response to her struggles (chronicled in her hit song “Come to Jesus”), quoted in CCM Magazine
A PARENT’S GREATEST AFFIRMATION
As youth workers, one of the most powerful ways we can affirm parents is to pray for their kids—and then tell parents in as many ways as possible what we’re doing. Here’s what it looks like.
1. I pray for every teenager in the youth group.
2. I tell parents when I see them on Sundays that I’m praying for their teenagers.
3. I email parents and tell them that I’m praying for their teenagers.
4. I personally call parents and tell them that I’m praying for their teenagers.
5. I write notes to parents and tell them that I’m praying for their teenagers.
A parent recently told me, “Thanks for praying for my son. It really means a lot.” That may be all the reward you get in this life, but it’s the only one you need.