REMEMBER THE CHILDREN
With everything going on in the world today I’m glad to be retired. I wouldn’t want to be starting a career or a family during these times. If my retirement savings holds out, I can coast from here. However, if I want to serve God and continue to follow Him, I can’t sit back and watch the world go by. While I can’t be as active as I used to be, I can do what God assigns to me now.
One important assignment God has given me is both a responsibility and a pleasure. That is building into my grandchildren. They will grow up in this world and live their lives with circumstances very different than mine. What better use of my time now than to help prepare them for what they will face as they grow and serve the Lord. I spend 4 mornings a week teaching two children at a time online.
When I retired from pastoring, I felt I left the front lines. Now I sometimes take trips to the “front lines” to assist others in any way I can but mostly I work behind the lines with prayer, encouragement and training others. Teaching my own grandchildren the Word and applying it to their lives is a privilege and necessity. Long after I am gone, they will have God’s Word and apply it in times and places I could never reach. Then they pass it on to their children. My adult children do a wonderful job training our grandchildren. I am grateful for the opportunity of equipping future servants of the King. I want them to be prepared to step to the front lines and defend their faith.
You may not be on the front lines, either. Life circumstances and less energy have slowed you down. As long as God gives us life, He has work for us to do. I encourage you to find some children around you and build into them, in person or online.
Pray for them. Encourage them. Teach them Bible verses. Send them letters. Buy them Bible books. The world they live in will be more difficult as a Christian than for us .Do what you can now to help prepare them. Paul told his son in the faith, Timothy: “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2). Remember the children.
What children do you come in contact with in your life? What can you do to help prepare them for their future?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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