I am constantly blown away by their integrity and thoughtfulness.
I never cared if I had kids who were rocket scientists or mathematicians but I didn't want ar*eholes, cos' there's already enough of those
Mel, that's because you must be doing something right - and then God is overseeing the process, blessing your faithfulness! Kids have all manner of big questions, they're bombarded with all kinds of destructive lies, half-baked BS and things that are merely regurgitated off of atheist and agnostic websites - and yet the sad thing is that no one is answering their questions - mostly because either parents aren't terribly concerned about those things themselves, or they simply don't know what to say or how to answer such things. And so into such a vacuum of no discipleship or answers comes the father of lies and his minions, and an onslaught of misperceptions and outright lies from the culture, which is inescapable. It is tough enough to just become an adolescent and figure out the basics about themselves, about their parents, families, friends, hormones, developing self-confidence, etc. Scripture is true, Proverbs tells us, that in general, when we bring up our children with Godly guidance and influences, they will absorb and begin to understand, at some point - they'll get it. Not all, but most who have such influence at home. I as well am amazed by my 19 year old's maturity and boldness in his faith - he truly doesn't care what others think, as long as he's not misunderstood, or his behavior is Godly. MILES beyond me with that stuff, at the same age. He's the kid who is influencing his friends to come to community church with him, so they can hear and learn Scriptural truth for themselves. This is a church very unlike the ones I grew up in - which has many much more appealing aspects for his generation.