Sermon quotes on Adolescence/Teenagers

Al Bernstein

Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years.

George Washington Carver

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

Matthew Henry

The flower of youth never appears more beautiful than when it bends toward the sun of righteousness.

Martin Luther

If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn’t do anything to you, but since you aren’t wise, you need us who are old.

George Macdonald

When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.

John Newton

When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Savior. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons.

Mary Pipher

Adolescence is a border between childhood and adulthood. Like all borders, it’s teeming with energy and fraught with danger.

Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton

Most teenagers and their parents may not realize it, but a lot of research in the sociology of religion suggests that the most important social influence in shaping young people’s religious lives is the religious life modeled and taught to them by their parents.

Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, Oxford Univ. Press, 2005.

Jessica Thompson

Anxiety has replaced depression as the number one problem teenagers deal with. From 2010 to 2017, anxiety has been the main reason kids seek mental health services, and each year has seen an increase in the number of teens seeking help. “This year, 51 percent of students who visited a counseling center reported having anxiety, followed by depression (41 percent), relationship concerns (34 percent) and suicidal ideation (20.5 percent).

How to Help Your Anxious Teen: Discovering the Surprising Sources of Their Worries and Fears, Harvest House Publishers, 2019.

Bill Vaughan

Adolescence is society’s permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility.

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