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Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)
TITLE: The Adolescent Mind
By Dawne Biggs
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To some, the mind is where we simply choose to do our own “thing”. To others, the mind, or at least the idle mind, is the devil’s workshop, where an emotional elevator keeps stopping on the wrong floor! Where the enemy’s tricks are continuously played and feelings are often left to their own devices.
How we process carves out a personal path for each of us, our road in to the world. It will determine how and where we fit. How we think will shape our personalities and determine our passions. The mind will steer decision-making and will ultimately determine our sphere of influence.
During adolescence, the mind is in its peak of formation. This is when the mind usually fast-forwards out of control without the benefit of brakes or a GPS!
Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him. ROMANS 12:2 CEV
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ROMANS 12:2 NKJV
Paul wrote Romans 12:2 because he knew the mind was and is our fiercest battlefield. We know this is especially true of the adolescent mind. We've read the headlines. Extreme examples of a skewed mind are cases like Columbine.
It is inconsequential whether an adolescent has had the right schooling or even possesses an abnormally keen sense of judgment. Whether it is the enemy’s influence or hormonal rage, there is still, buried somewhere in the adolescent subconscious, false perceptions that could foster stinking thinking!
For the adolescent, there are simply too many temptations and too many “role models” delivering wrong messages. There are too many choices with the tendency to lean toward compromise and a quick fix.
The adolescent mind, in its’ infancy and with a natural propensity to be confused, is not to be judged, feared and certainly not ignored. The young mind should have a constant guide, a friend that ‘sticks closer than a brother’.
It is amazing the impact of being a living example to an adolescent is. Parents, God’s intended role models, must supremely be more influential than any competing force in the life of an adolescent. That includes even the adolescent’s own mind! Living a life deliberately postured to create and maintain positive images for the teen is paramount. Images that foster and encourage fond wholesome memories that flood the mind of the adolescent will have lasting effects. An environment must be created where healthy assimilation will occur. Every aspect of a teen’s life is riding on it.
No matter what the adolescent mind’s precarious condition, the Lord still has the power to transform and renew. Maybe the most effective way to be transformed is through the steadfast cohesiveness of the adolescent and their parents. Godly parents have a huge responsibility not only to shape and nurture but to share the knowledge that only the Holy Spirit can lead the adolescent along with his mind, in to all truth.
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