The preteen years are a transitional stage, It's often a confusing time for young people as they hear all sorts of conflicting messages through television, the Internet and peers at school. It's often difficult to determine what is good advice and what isn't. Teaching them lessons from the book of Proverbs will help guide them through these years.
Proverbs 3:5-6 states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." For a preteen this verse teaches an important lesson. A young person needs to realize that it's OK not to know everything -- and that relying on the Lord's wisdom will keep him going in the right direction. If you have a group of preteens, an excellent activity to illustrate this is to blindfold them and lead them around. They must trust the person leading them much like they must learn to trust the Lord.
Choose Friends Wisely
"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother," reads Chapter 18 verse 24 of Proverbs 2. Making and keeping friends for preteens is a very important issue. Who their friends are and aren't makes all the difference in their world. Through this proverb, it is crucial to teach preteens to choose the right friends. Their futures and characters depend on it. The second part of the verse is typically interpreted to be God's friendship that sticks closer than a brother. Having this reassurance can help young people make tough decisions when it comes to choosing his friends.
Proverbs 6:9-11 warns against laziness as it reads, "How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man." Preteens need to understand now that hard work is a must if they are going to succeed. This proverb is a great reminder that sitting around and being idle will not lead to success.
The years ahead for preteens are filled with distractions and temptations. Proverbs 4: 25-27 states, "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil." Youth need constant reminders that the world is full of dangers -- and that it is wise to stay focused on God and follow the right path.
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