Friday, August 9, 2013

the kids have hope

This year’s back2school outreach clearly was the strongest, biggest and sweetest event of all the last 6 years.  The outcomes and the impact are still being seen and will be for a long time.  Children’s lives will be touched in many ways and not just to help them do well this year in school.  I am excited to see how God takes this act of service and uses it to impact, change and guide those we served.

It has happened before.  I’ve met a student we served and was blessed to hear their story of how well they are doing and how God is blessing their lives.  Literally one of these students who had their feet washed may become a preacher or president or anything.  WOW.  That makes you stop and think and even stop and pray!

In my reading Thursday I came across these verses:

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. 2 He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. 3 During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David.

Those verses stopped me in my thinking and in my moving forward.  God put in my mind our three children, Rebecca, Ruth and Ryan.  I thought about how they are dealing with life and what they might become.  No, I am not a king.  But I have great kids like Josiah, and my prayer is that whatever they do that they will do what is “pleasing in the Lord’s sight” in all they do.

King Josiah followed in the example of his ancestor David.  I want my kids to follow in my example, but that scares me too.  I am not perfect.  I mess up and do stupid things, but I love God and do all I can to make Jesus famous.  My kids can do that too.

My prayer over my children, and the children we served at back2school, is that they will follow the great examples that they have in their lives.  My kids need Julie and I to be great examples and to follow God in uncompromising and in faith filled ways.

There are kids around us who don’t have people to follow the example of that is good.  That is why we need Christian teachers who take an interest in their students.  We need Christian business people who do right and help others do the same.  We need Christian neighbors who live for God.  We need Christian friends and relatives and people who will follow God no matter what.

You never know who is watching.  You rarely know the full impact of the things you do, but when we honor God, others will be encouraged to do the same.  Our lives do lead and give example to those who look on.

My kids have huge potential, and my life has the possibility of building or destroying that potential.  The choice is mine.  The kids I come in contact with have the possibility and potential to go a long way and to do awesome things.  We can pour our lives out so that others can do greater things.  It all begins with our choice.

The kids have hope, and much of that hope is wrapped up in you and in me.  Be that hope.

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

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