Today I had the pleasure of instructing about three dozen kids and several adults in the art and craft of leather work at our association’s church camp. I’ve done this before and I always enjoy every minute of it. But today I didn’t enjoy every minute: I smashed the tar our of my finger with a two pound mallet and the was nothing to enjoy about it! The kids were all concerned and my brothers and sisters were kind of enough to not take any jabs at me for my bad luck, even though it was a prime opportunity.
This evening I was thinking about some of the jokes that could have been lobbed at me and one sticks out in my mind: do as I say not as I do. I think this is because of the good discussion we had along this line at Wednesday night prayer meeting.
The Bible clearly teaches us that we are to live our lives in a manner that brings glory to God and reflects Jesus through our deeds and thoughts. It asks, essentially, do we practice what we preach? We are to be the light of Christ to the world. And a light won’t penetrate very far if it’s tucked away under a basket.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Wednesday night my wife, Billie, and I attended the worship service at our church association’s teen camp. It was a wonderful service, culminating with at least two (their were so many gathered in support and prayer around the alter it could’ve been more) teens giving their lives to Christ.
The thing that keeps coming back to my mind are the testimonies I heard that night from these kids. They reminded me how much the youth of today have to contend with everyday. If we, as adults, have to struggle along at times on our walk, think of the extra pressure these young ones face. And the don’t yet have the benefit of the life-experience we have to assist them.
We need to encourage our kids (and I mean all of them, not just our blood-kin) as much as we can. We have to edify them, show them Godly love, and set solid Christian examples for them. And we must let them know that we are there for them and then make ourselves available to them when they need us.
My seven month old grandson likes to be sung off to sleep. I sing old hymns to him, Amazing Grace being one I always sing. The last week or so my son has realized how effective this is at getting him to sleep and has begun to try it, too.
Today he began to sing Amazing Grace, remembering the words to three verses. Although the words were Amazing Grace, the melody was O Little Town of Bethlehem. I didn’t correct him or say anything, not wanting to discourage him. After a little bit of trying a few other hymns I joined in with him. He quickly got the melodies with my lead and we actually sounded pretty good together.
It was quite the blessing for me to see my son singing hymns to my grandson. And an even bigger one to join in with him, singing the baby off to dreamland.