There was some rejoicing last night; both in heaven and at a serious snackin’ party at our house.
Our son Mitchell, age 14, and some of his friends got up in front of 500 + people at our church, gave their stories about how they came to be a follower of Christ and then were baptized. (Pastor Chad, our youth pastor, held the boys under the water extra long for good measure!!!)
The eighth grade crew; Courtney, Matthew, Jonathan, Mitch and Sarah.
What a joy it was to hear these kids tell of how they made a decision to live their lives for God’s glory. And it was such an encouragement to the parents, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and many more who were mentioned in their stories. We were thrilled as our own son talked of wanting to live for Christ when he was in elementary school and sitting in his Sunday School class. He used to say that was when he became a Christian. However, last night, he told of his heart wandering from the Lord and then his decision to rededicate his life to Christ last summer at wonderful Camp Barakel.
I was struck anew with how God does have a perfect plan for each of us; plans that begin to unfold the minute we are born; and plans that even sometimes squirrelly junior highers have the privilege of being a part of. And if I have learned anything from observing the past baptism/membership services at our church and listening to the testimonies of teens and adults alike, it is this; Don’t give up on your loved ones.
Pray for them.
Pound heaven’s doors for their salvation.
And, if you have a rebellious child who doesn’t care to hear about the Lord right now, do what I heard my friend Micca say once recently, “Don’t talk to your kids about God. Talk to God about your kids.”
You might just see those wayward ones change paths right before your very eyes.
Sweet Life-Changing Blessings,