What I Read Today;

1 Timothy 5; John 10; Isaiah 45; Psalm 78; Deuteronomy 19-20

Psalm 78 really hit me this morning.  Especially verses 5-8.

He established a decree in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children; that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and rise up and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.” NRSV

Who are the people who have impacted your lives for Christ?

In my own life, my grandparents were the ones who really kept the family going to church on Sundays.  For a while, my parents were very involved in the church we attended.  Later, after leaving the church for nearly 15 years, two Pastors helped to guide me back.  I’m not sure they knew what they were doing, but they both deeply impacted me.

After God brought me back to the church, I began working in youth ministry.  Several members of that church modeled what it meant to be a Christian.  Norm, Martha, Lois, Elaine, Glenda, and Larry, to name a few.  They were always there with an encouraging word, a smile, and support whenever needed.  They modeled Christ to the people of the congregation.

Many of them are gone now.  Not all of those folks, but quite a few.

So now it’s my turn to model Christ to a new generation.  To show God’s love to people who have lost their way.  To encourage someone young in ministry.  To show love to someone who is feeling down.  It is my turn to be the person who will model Christ and to point people to the loving arms of Christ.

I have big shoes to fill.

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