A Prayer for Life with Teenagers
I have a simple rule for life with teenagers. When a kid starts getting argumentative or difficult, I pray.
It’s always the same prayer: Holy Spirit, give me the words.
I pray it before I speak. Holy Spirit, give me the words. Sometimes I need it each time I open my mouth: Holy Spirit, give me the words.
At times I hear wise things coming out of my lips, calm observations that I know were not in my head even a split second before. Other times nothing comes to mind, and I know to be silent.
Holy Spirit, give me the words.
Most of God’s work happens quietly, changing hearts and minds and lives in ways we can’t see.
It’s good for the heart to put some effort into seeing the world from different angles.