What can we do as parents, relatives & friends?
They are depressed, overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, feel inadequate.
Parents are overworked, financially stretched and absent from home for many reasons.
This younger generation is left vulnerable to the world unless we step in and reach out.
From what is presented before their eye's in movies, online & TV, they are pressured into making themselves into this "perfect person" who excels, has beautiful skin, wears the finest clothing and possesses the latest technology. Seeking to feel desired, they think nothing of being intimate. But that is NOT what a person should strive for... in doing so, they will never fill the void inside.
The world we live in will judge them -- the world will tell them what to value. The world will try to tell them what they are worth.
I know myself, I was hurt by comments, fought verbally with others, cried many a night, and felt very much alone in the world without a parent to confide in. I could not wait to get out of the house and raise a family of my own. "I would treat them differently, love them more and spend more time with them" I said repeatedly to myself.
But with every generation, it seems the darkness of the world just waits patiently to move into the heart and minds of our youth.
When the family unit is compromised, the devil will take advantage of the opportunity to move right in, exposing your child to the degrading thoughts, values & temptations of the world.
I have heard from many faith-filled women who are crushed in heart after hearing some of these statements:
"I do not believe in this fairy tale stuff any longer. You are expecting me to believe in some great God in the sky? There is a world in turmoil and there is a God? My friend has cancer, where is God? I am an outcast at school. I cannot find a job...etc, etc. "
We wonder where did we go wrong?
But there often seems to be some personal experience of suffering, peer pressure, even teacher/professor pressure that makes a young person question the existence or relevance of a loving God.
What we must teach them: