Most people grow up religious or as believers in certain faiths because they were born into religious families. And they continue in the faith as long as they live with their families but things begin to change when they leave home.
When the teens grow up and leave home for college or move out to look for jobs, they lose contact with family and hence the fellowship. They become more occupied with surviving on their own and making it that they busy themselves trying to fit in among their friends instead of trying harder to get closer to God.
It is easier to walk with God when you have a family who supports and encourages its members to walk steadily with God. Children pick up godly habits like praying, giving, forgiving from their parents and older siblings. They learn to have hope and faith in God when they see their parents still smiling and in confident even in the face of difficult times.
So I believe that it is imperative for parents and older siblings to instil the fear of God into the kids before they become youths. As the Bible rightly puts it, train the child the way he should go and when he grows, he will not depart from it. We all have younger people who look upon us to show them the way. Let’s make it a point to teach them the Way before they become independent and leave home.
Some people lose touch with their faith probably because they were not firmly grounded in the principles of God’s Word in their growing days so a little temptation from the world shakes their faith and within a twinkle of an eye, he has lost his way so far that it is almost hopeless for him to turn back.
Be a pillar for someone; hold someone’s hand and help them grow in the Lord before the darkness of this world snatches him or her away.