Ricky and Lucy tatoos

Troubled Teens – the good and bad teenagers marry each other – 4.0

Ricky and Lucy tatoos

The sinner teen

Ricky was born into a dysfunctional home. His dad was an angry drunk and his mom was a bitter, hurt, and lonely wife. His brothers were angry and unkind, all of which left Ricky in unresolvable chaos.

He smoked his first cigarette by the time he was 12-years old. At thirteen he was a novice shoplifter and pothead. At fifteen he was arrested for breaking into his local high school.

He spent five days in jail and received two years probation. Everyone in his life had given up on him. He was on his own to figure out life. He left home when he was sixteen.

Mercifully, there was one person who had not given up on Ricky. God interrupted his life at 25-years old. He was born again. His new life with God was underway.

There were no more drugs, alcohol, filthy language, or bad companions. His desires began to change. He found a local church and became a member.

Christ became his life. He was getting high on Jesus and had surrounded himself with like-minded friends who were just as passionate about the Savior. His exuberance for God grew each day. Ricky was a new man.

The Christian teen

Lucy’s home was characterized by etiquette, fun, and Jesus. She can’t remember the first time she “went to church” or was part of a Sunday school. Every summer meant Vacation Bible School and Christian camps.

Lucy enjoyed family vacations all over the United States. Her life was pure, wholesome, and healthy. Her parents were Christians and she never drifted outside her hermetically sealed Christian bubble.

She made a profession of faith when she was five. Her biggest known sin was stealing a pack of Lifesavers when she was seven-years old. She repented immediately and never did anything like that again. Lucy was the model child.

She went to a Christian school and served on all the appropriate committees. When it was time to go to college, there was no choice to be made; it was going to be a Christian university.

Lucy had friends who were boys, but she never dated. She was a virgin when she eventually married. Her parent’s were blessed with a great kid. She met all the assumptions and expectations of children who live in Christianized homes.

Ricky marries Lucy

Though Lucy made a profession of faith as a child, she was never gripped or profoundly

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About Rick Thomas

Rick has been training in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor he founded and launched his own training organization in order to encourage and equip people for more effective living. In the early ’90’s he earned a BA in Theology. Later he earned a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry and in 2000 he graduated with a MA in Counseling. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow with ACBC. Today his organization reaches people in every country through consulting, training, blogging, and coaching.
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