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-10 Needs of a 14 Year Old Boy!

Posted by Scott on October 18, 2007

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10 Needs of a 14 year old boy

 

1. To climb a mountain and look down from the peak.

“God majestic, praise abounds in our God-city! His sacred mountain, breathtaking in its heights—earth’s joy. Zion Mountain looms in the North, city of the world-King. God in his citadel peaks impregnable.”

-Psalm 48:1 MSG

2. To sit around a campfire with team mates and good friends.

 God loves the pure-hearted and well-spoken; good leaders also delight in  their friendship.”

-Proverbs 22:11 MSG

3. To test his strength and his skills on his own.

“But his bow remained taut,and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.”

-Genesis 49:24 NLT

4. To be alone with his thoughts and with his God.

“The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.”

-Deuteronomy 28:9 AMP

5. To reach out and find the hand of an adult willing to help.

“I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord.You are my refuge…”

-Psalm 141:8 NLT

6. To have a code to live by…easily understood and fair.

“Every word of God proves true.He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.”

-Proverbs 30:5 NLT

7. Play hard for the fun of it…and work hard for the thrill of it.

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night,anxiously working for food to eat;for God gives rest to his loved ones.”

-Psalm 127:2 NLT

8. To have a chance to fail…and know why.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

-Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT

9. To have good friends and to be a good friend.

“The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life;a wise person wins friends.”

-Proverbs 11:30 NLT

10. To have a hero…and a vision to measure him by.

“Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]–blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.”

-Proverbs 29:18 AMP

14 year old boys need alot of freedom.  They are caught between boyhood and manhood.  On the one hand they would like to be completely grown up and trusted to make all their choices alone.  On the other hand they really want that security of no worries and mom/dad making their decision.  So, our 14 year old boys are walking on a tight-rope at this age and need us to give them romm, but as these biblical truths suggestion they need our guidance that points them to God’s word most of all.

“Listen, my child (son/daughter),, to what your father teaches you.  Don’t neglect your mother’s teaching.  What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor”    Proverbs 1:8-9

 I found this on the Warriors Hand blog…very good thoughts on a 14 year old boys thinking.  I added the scripture.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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