Full disclosure requires me to tell you that the mother who posted this picture is my wife and the young girl is our 8-year-old daughter. I hadn’t known about the sheet, however, until I saw it on Facebook. The sheet got me thinking – What am I doing as a father to help instill in my children a sense of who God is and His place in their lives?
Psalm 127:3-4 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.”
Children are an inheritance that God gives us during our time on earth. He gives them to us temporarily, and it’s on us to introduce them to the eternal. We shoot them like arrows into the future, and while children sometimes don’t land where we aim, their launch is greatly influenced by us.
I say all of this to offer one last plea and encouragement to our church family and our friends, especially those who live in the Lakeway area: This coming Sunday we begin a church-wide effort known as The Story that will guide all of us together through the Bible in the coming year. It is a chronological study, so you get to see how God’s story has unfolded throughout time. One of the best things about The Story is that it engages all ages in a way that children, parents, and grandparents are all learning the same things at the same time. In this way, it helps us take our inheritance of children from the Lord and launch them into life on a trajectory of faith, hope, and confidence in the Lord and the story He is writing in their lives.
We begin The Story this Sunday, January 8 with Bible classes at 9:30am and Worship at 10:30am. Books for all ages are provided by the church at no cost to you. If you would like more information about The Story, please follow this link: http://morristownchurch.wixsite.com/thestory . From there, you can also register so that the appropriate number of books can be ordered. Feel free to call the church building at (423) 586-8343 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Let’s make the most of God’s inheritance and help future generations make God the author of their story.
*The sheets are an idea we borrowed from a congregation in Georgia where a daughter of two of our members attends. It helps children stay engaged with worship by keeping track of songs, Bible passages, and key words used in the sermon. If you would like more info about it, feel free to email us at the address above!