Jon Moton – Lead Pastor Student Ministries
There is strange trend with our culture as it pertains to raising teenagers. When it comes to mistakes, shortcomings, oversights, or any other negative experience – it is always someone else’s fault. Now I completely understand that there are times when people let us down or don’t follow through. But when it comes to something really bad. Our society looks to blame it on someone else.
Recently in the news current Ohio State University Coach Urban Meyer was blamed for the transgressions of one of his former players. That player’s name is Aaron Hernandez. Aaron Hernandez is currently jailed and is a suspect in the murder of Odin Lloyd.
They blame Coach Meyer for not being disciplined enough as a coach.
More and more it has been revealed that Aaron has had a troubled past. One can guess that his troubles that is poor choices began long before his most recent one. It is so easy to blame someone else.
If a teenager does not succeed, or comes up short it is easy to place blame. We need to encourage our teenagers to look at their own reflection and see what they can own instead of what they can blame on others.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25