Parenting struggles are intense and exhausting. The days are extremely long, but the ‘years’ are short! (quote –Keith Tenpenny) As a parents we can lose sight of the influence our kids will have… can have in our world.
I’ve had the privilege to raise three of my own kids and watch them grow and mature into amazing college-age adults. I’ve also had the joy of helping three very special young women grow up in the world of Christian media and music. I’ve watched from the front row as they struggled and learned how to become one group, and along the way establish a beautiful friendship. I know them behind the scenes… but you may know them better as the Christian teen pop band, the Rubyz.
I know as parents in the day-to-day grind, we may doubt that our kids could ever really do something to influence other kids for Christ. That’s something ‘other’ peoples kids do. We’re just normal people, living out our normal lives. Our days are focused on simply keeping up with our schedules and hoping our kids get where they need to, safe and on time.. but in the middle of all that busy-ness… God works.
He works through us as parents… He works through our kids. All it takes is a willing heart and a desire to share whatever God has gifted us with.
Addy, Jessica, and Tanner are like my very own daughters. I’ve been there with them through some of the hardest and some of the best days of their young adult lives. I know their true strengths and weaknesses. I can assure you parents, they are like your kids; moody, messy, dramatic, and unpredictable. But somewhere in the crazy lies a golden seed that was planted by each of their parents.
Inside these girls is a nugget of truth that is growing and expanding, nurtured by parents just like you.
A desire to follow Christ and to share their lives with other kids… through music. Through video… they made themselves available and worked incredibly hard to be better at their craft of singing, dancing, writing… trusting.
Over the past eighteen months they have morphed from insecure and immature tweens to young women who trust God, and each other. There have been many challenges, tests, and issues to overcome. It wasn’t easy to get this far, and it won’t be easy to keep going with this ministry… but they have learned to push through the difficulties and keep their eyes on the bigger issues at stake.
If you’re looking for authentic, honest, and genuine role models for your tween to aspire to.. I humbly suggest you consider the Rubyz. Not because they are perfectly poised young ladies, or spectacular examples of Christian discipline…but because they aren’t. They are just like your own children, they make mistakes. They can be high maintenance and exhausting… but they are not afraid. They are stepping up to do something bigger for God, motivated by reasons that eclipse their own self-promotion or careers.
So don’t just support these girls because I say they are ‘Awesome”, (and I do) but because they represent the next generation of Christian teens who are making a difference right where they live. They are setting an example that you as parents can follow and share with your own kids.
We need teens and tweens who will come forward and lead. Who will champion their faith and risk the exposure and criticism sure to come. We need our next generation to emerge and we need parents who will support them every step of the way. We need families just like yours…
I could not be more proud of my ‘daughters’.