Wednesday, April 13, 2011
It's NOW time!
It's back to the Haas routine this week! Our time in Seattle was great as we got to learn from some great ministry leaders! It was also a treat to reconnect with some dear friends that we've had the chance to serve in ministry with. These are dear, long time friends that we've gotten the chance to watch their children grow and develop into God loving, culturally relevant, generational leaders! What a gift to be able to watch their lives be at this place!
We got to hear from intense children's ministry leaders as well and the resounding theme that God was speaking to us was, "Reach them before they have to be rescued"! There is so much that God wants to invest in this generation of children NOW! NOW-God can and will use them! NOW-God will speak through them! NOW-God's Word can become real, relevant and relational to them! This not only hit me with relationship to ministry with children, but with MY children and all we provide at home!
As we returned home, it got me thinking more about our kids and reminded me again of the imperative call from God to invest everything God has given us to our children. As a parent, we have the mandate to train them, develop them and equip them for all God has in store. It's not always going to be an easy adventure, but I'm confident God will direct us as parents to know when, what, where and how. The Holy Spirit will be faithful to reveal, show and instruct ME on the behalf of my children. There is truly no greater joy than to watch a child's destiny begin to unfold. It is a true joy to be at this season of my life! I'm seeing glimpses now of promises God had made regarding my children. I'm watching talents, abilities and passions grow! I'm watching them dream! I'm watching God perform miracles in their lives! What an honor to get this front row seat!
Here's what I'm thinking about ... What environment am I providing for my kids? What other leaders am I purposefully bringing into their lives to learn from? Within the lines of preparing & protecting them, are they culturally relevant and aware of our culture - within the church and outside the church? What is God challenging me with in this season to be more aware of? Asking - Do they honor others? Do they serve with a happy heart? Do they understand God's plan for where they are in their life - NOW? Do I ask the questions - What is God asking you to work on right now? What is God saying to you? How are you doing with ______? (You know what to fill in the blank with! Or you better!)
I'm challenging myself and you to apply these tidbits to your family and your church like never before!
Get connected in your home with children! Get connected in YOUR church in serving this generation!
No more excuses!
The rewards are phenomenal!