“so that a future generation — children yet to be born—might know. They were to rise and tell their children so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works, but keep His commands. Then they would not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God.” Psalm 78: 6 – 8 (HCSB)
The time of the year for hot dogs and hot days.
For many, it is also the time for reunions.
Though it isn’t officially summer yet, our family scooted up the vacation schedule and gathered together early.
I was blessed to be born into a wonderfully, big family and then I doubly blessed marry into a wonderfully, small family. In fact, I call these precious people my “in-loves”.
Before heading out for an afternoon of fun together, my father-in-love took a few moments to gather together and call us to reflect on our lives. Being a sports enthusiast, he took the angle of a football game.
What quarter are you in?
He shared that each one of us are in a quarter of life. 0 – 25 years old, 26- 50, 50 -75 or 75 – 100. Being in the fourth quarter, he shared with us some of the highlights of God’s faithfulness in his life.
My father-in-love practiced this verse from Psalm 78. He was telling his children the works God had done in his life so that they would in turn put their confidence in God.
It’s not always easy to be bold with our kids.
Especially as they grow older and develop opinions of their own, as parents we can easily slip into keeping the peace or not rocking the boat.
But that is not what God calls us to do. He tells us to tell our children all He has done and all He is doing because He can move when we share our story.
For many, school is getting out soon. For me, it’s already here. One college student has moved home and one is soon to come.
I hear the Father whispering to me, “Make the most of these days, Lynn. Tell your children who I am so that they will put their confidence in Me.”
Be bold, friend. Don’t worry about what your children or grandchildren will think or how they will react. That’s up to God to handle. Just obey and see what He will do with your story.
The winner of Suzie Eller’s new book “Come with Me” is Pat who commented on May 13th at 7:31 a.m. Pat, please email me at Lynn@LynnCowell.com and we’ll get this wonderful book sent out to you!