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There are many frustrated parents today who resort to giving their kids everything they want because they don’t have the time or strength of will to give them what they really need. They lavishly indulge their kids in an attempt to make their lives as comfortable and painless and stress-free as possible. Sounds like what you would do for a person on his or her deathbed, not someone who still has an entire life to live.
“Don’t frustrate your children,” taught the first wave of child-rearing psychologists. They taught that frustration is bad for children, that it causes insecurity, unhappiness, and low self-esteem in children–not to mention extensive damage to the vocal chords from inordinate amounts of screaming.
So parents did everything they could to spare their children frustration. They gave them everything they wanted, when they wanted it, requiring little or nothing from them in return. In the process, they managed to raise an entire generation of selfish, spoiled, demanding, and ungrateful kids.
My goal and I believe God’s desire for this youth ministry is for the adult leaders and me to put forth our best efforts to affirm and support the message and foundation of Christ’s teachings that you, as parents, have taught and demonstrated to your students as they have grown up. We want to be a loving and caring place for your students to not only see the Gospel in action, but to be a part of the Gospel by getting to know their spiritual gifts and using them to serve others and God. Our mission is discipleship and it is because of that mission that we promise to keep our focus on the truth that is Jesus and set godly examples for your students, all the while showing love and grace. But as much as this ministry is about students, that’s not all it’s about.