This weekend a Romanian Baptist congregation near Atlanta held their annual fall conference at Lake Junaluska in beautiful western North Carolina.
It was my joy and honor to address them 4 times.
They welcomed me with open arms.
Maybe it was because I am half Romanian. But I think it's mostly because they are such wonderful people. Jesus, I argued, is the perfect model for the human developmental cycle. He stooped. Low enough to become the perfect man. Low enough to increase in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. And then he stood up from the dead and left us with a model for us to follow as we seek to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Do not accept the myth of adolescence. You'll get through child rearing. It won't be painless. It won't be quick. But God will use even your mistakes for good.