Jon Moton – Lead Pastor Student Ministries
By now you are probably exhausted by all of news coverage regarding Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel. Johnny plays football for the Texas A&M Aggies. He is an incredible and exciting football player. Recently Johnny has found himself in the crosshairs of NCAA violations as well as poor choices. To many observers it seems appears that his life is out of control. His actions reveal a deeper indicator.
Johnny Manziel needs someone to sit him down and speak direction into his life. What he really needs is a dad.
It is often that we find ourselves (when dealing with the teens in our life) avoiding conflict and trying to be “a friend.” This rationale is so far from what really needs to happen.
I’ll never forget a recent conversation I overheard. A parent and teenager were arguing… Loudly. “Yeah you are right,” mom yelled, “I am not your friend. I am your mother!” You know what? She’s right. As parents our role is not to be our teen’s friend (they have plenty of those), our goal is to be more than a friend, to be their mom or to be their dad.
My prayer is that we will always be that role of direction, support, love, encouragement, and wisdom. May we be that influence which helps our children to make wise choices.