Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers #68 – You’re a Signpost. In what Direction are you Pointing?

It’s easy for teenagers to get lost in today’s culture. Many of them are standing at a crossroads, deciding which way to go. There are lots of signs and lots of paths to follow: some signs are shouting to them with eye-catching, enticing messages that lead to dangerous places; others are less prominent but clearly point to the godly path. As Christian parents we need to be right where they are. We should be aware of the signposts they are following. And we must serve as signposts to point them in the right direction.


John R. W. Stott gives the following advice: “We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?” for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?” Our LightSource key verse below presents that same admonition.


Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (ESV)


conceptual sign postA signpost points to a destination. It’s important that the lettering be bold and clear; but it’s much more important that is pointing in the right direction. Your signpost must be so big and convincing that it eclipses the many others that stand along the highway and at the crossroads.


Will you stand before your children and boldly point them to the narrow path that leads to real life in Jesus Christ?