Friday, August 11, 2017

The fear and joy of what's next.


As of today it is very likely that we only have 365 days left with our oldest son at home. This week started a milestone school year for him and us: Senior Year. While he may be counting down the days until graduation, I'm counting all of the things I should have taught him already and have one year left to cram them all in. The good news is that even though there are a few things left for him to learn, one thing I don't have to worry about is the foundations for his relationship with God. Since he was born we have brought him to church, sent him to a Christian Pre-school, taken him to Sunday School, prayed with him at home, and read the Bible together. But I will let you in on a little secret...the most important thing we've done to foster his faith in God is...growing in our own faith.

It is difficult to lead someone to a place that you aren't willing to go yourself. Ever since John was born there hasn't been a year when I wasn't involved in a Bible study or small group. These groups have and continue to transform my life. Even after taking Old Testament and New Testament classes in seminary I still learn from others through Bible study about the best ways to apply scripture to my daily life. I can't say that my example is what influenced John to take his next step several years ago when he was confirmed in the church, but I can say that since then, we've had amazing conversations about faith and life that I will always treasure.

I'm not sure what the next steps are as our family transitions to this next phase. But I do know that although John has the example of his family and community, John's next steps in his faith are his own. My next step in faith is in a Disciple 1 class.What are your next steps? How are you growing in your faith? Who are you encouraging in faith? Pray about your answer and find a community in which to explore your next step together.


Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 King James Version (KJV)

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