Almost all of us desire to have influence. We want to be trend setters, pace setters, or any other kind of setter that means that our life is making an impact on someone else. We want to know that as we live this life out on stage someone is in the audience cheering, crying, or simply acknowledging that something is happening. I am not different and my desire to be a catalyst for change than many. Well… know I have it. What will I do with it?
My pastor, Austin Gardner, often reminds us a quote, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” (Charles Jones). I know that this statement is slightly too simplistic. An illness, a personal tragedy, or most importantly our relationship God have a transforming effect on our lives.
With that being said I recognize I will have a huge influence on the life of my kids. (If you haven’t notice my kids have been the theme on this blog here lately.) Who will Thatcher and Tinsley be in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? Even more importantly where will they be in 1000 years? God has bestowed, my me steward over many things that will have a huge influence on these questions.
Will Tinsley want to serve as an Our Generation Volunteer in Morocco in 20 years from now? Much on that will depend on how she sees her father treat the missionaries from there when they in the States. Much of it will depend on her view of her purpose for living. Much of it will depend on her belief or disbelief that the message of Jesus Christ can, will, and does change lives.
I, by no means, desire to appear as if I am not aware of the sovereignty of great and might God. I just realize that God has allowed to be used mightily in the life of our kids and those we disciple. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself (Romans 14:7).
As I hold my youngest child and my first daughter in my hands I am sobered by the fact that I hold more than 7 lbs of responsibility in my hands. I will work hard to make sure she is always fed, always has a placed called home, and I will even make sure we have the occasional bow for her hair. That is not category of things I am providing that I fear.
Who will she meet? Will she know men and women of God? Will she meet Jesus?
Where will she go? Will she to the children’s program of our church? Will she ever see the mission field? Will she ever go and meet the needs of those in our community?
What books will she read or will be read to her? Will she know the Bible is a the Living Word of God? Will she hear stories of the great missionaries of the past.
When a person with a desire meets an opportunity to act upon that desire there will almost always be a union. I want my kids to have a strong, passionate desire to glorify God. I want it to swell in their hearts! I want them to lay in bed at night and dream of ways to reach the world with the Gospel! Then I want these desires to find, meet, and marry opportunities that will change the world. People, books, music, places, friends, school, and experiences will have influence my child. The people, books, music, places, friends, school, and experiences my children will have are influence by me. My the God of heaven allow me to use every ounce of my influence for train ultra portable disciple makers who serve for His glory!