Why is it difficult for many teens to have hope in God?
Well for me personally (I am 16) sometimes I reach a point that
I can't handle all my things anymore, and I pray and I pray and the
next day it seems like everything just gets worse. So I pray harder
and harder, and day by day, it just feels like things get worse and
worse. And then I start to wonder if there is a God because I pray
and I thought I was putting everything on Him and He just wasn't
helping me. But after a while I realized that I had some doubt and
that was why nothing was getting bettter. Then the next day, every
stress and doubt etc.. was gone. That is just my personal
experience. What I have observed with friends, is that the majority
of the time, the child reflects the parent's faith, so if the
parents doesn't have hope, how can the child even know how? ==new
answer== Adolesence is a time when they are busy attempting to
figure out a lot of different things, like looking to see how they
fit in or going with the need to fit in, they are pushing to see
how and why they will be limited by parents and other authority
figures, how to be their own person without the authority to do so.
Whatever you were able to impress upon them when they were younger
is remembered even though it may not be in evidence through their
actions. Remember what Mark Twain said that he was surprised how
much smarter his parents became from the time he was eithteen till
he was twenty one. God is not the most important thing on their
mind at this time, it will come, be patient.
The best way to relate to this period of growth is to look at it
as with your own experience. With each thing we learn we go through
four stages. Infancy, adolesence, adulthood, old age-wisdom. Use
your memory of going through the adolesence of something new you
were working with learning and you will have insight into how to
relate to your teen.