by Shalom Pearl Brand of No Greater Joy – Adrenaline Rush
Editor’s note: While encouraging your children to find their passion and guiding them through the hormonal waters of adolescence is a responsible thing most parents will do, it’s not going to prevent everyone from impure thoughts and actions. People are all individuals, with differing needs, triggers and paths. Quiverfull loves to reduce complex issues down to simple formulas. Too bad that does not usually work out well for anyone.
As we began to consider the boys we know and analyze why one maintains his equilibrium while another loses his mind and self-control, we came to some important conclusions.
All men, especially young men, need an “adrenaline rush,” something women cannot quite understand, but which men and boys love. The thought of climbing a tree, going fast in a car, jumping out of a plane, hitting a ball across a field, running a marathon, playing a chess game, competing in a spelling contest, or even preaching to a crowd, captivates and holds the imagination of almost all hormonal males. The list is endless. Every man’s adrenaline rush is where he finds it. It can be gambling or trading stocks, but no matter in what form it displays itself, beware, because any such rush can be addictive and controlling. Possibilities are all around us. A young boy can fall into his addiction by default—whatever is in vogue in his local environment. But parents, knowing the dangers that are out there, can set the stage for many constructive options.
When my husband was only nine, his father put him on a dirt bike. He was soon doing mechanic work for others and building his own race car. Always busy searching for this or that part, he went into his teen years with his energy and passion already consumed by his hobby. Girls were of interest, of course, but they never came around to the greasy old barn cluttered with parts.
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