True Beauty & True Strength is a new course for young adults. It launches on 12 August. More details to follow.
Our world today is obsessed with outward signs of achievement. From magazines and music to movies and social media, a man's success and strength are often correlated with how much money he has, how famous he is, how athletic he is, and how much sex he has. For young men, the idea that there may be another way to be a real man is rarely, if ever, presented.
Deep down, young men want to be strong, capable, and responsible and find loving and giving relationships. They want to be admired for who they are and not what they possess. In short, they want to be great. Sadly, many young men haven't had someone teach them how to achieve that goal that they desire.
Young women don't have to look far to get a good view of what the world thinks of them. If they look at magazine covers, they see skinny models in risqué clothing, and cover blurbs with promises like "proven methods to satisfy your sexual partner" or the "top ten ways to turn your guy on". If young women listen to the world, they'll believe that sex is a tool that will help them get what they want and lead to the love they are looking for.
Deep down, however, young women want to be admired for who they are, not for their sex appeal. They want to live a joyful life and find loving, giving relationships. In short, they want to know that they are worth waiting for. Sadly, many young women haven't had someone teach them how to achieve the real desires of their hearts.
If these ideas resonate with you, join us on the 'True Beauty & True Strength' course!
Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.
May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.
And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.
May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.
Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.
Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just and kind.
And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.