I LOVE spending time with people who are strongly connected to the Lord, and especially with those who have been serving the Lord for many years. Their life experience and practical approaches to connecting with God never cease to amaze me. There’s so much to learn if we are teachable and open to listen and receive.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” As a youth pastor, my prayer is that our teens would have a heart to learn and that our church family would have a heart to teach. God intended for the church to connect from one generation to the next, learning from one another and passing down biblical truths.
More than ever, we need to contend for the hearts of this generation. The enemy is fighting tooth and nail to separate and confuse our youth about God! May I encourage you to begin to pray for our youth? May I ask that you begin to speak with them and invest in their lives? You have rich wisdom within you and life experience that could make a difference. Please partner with me as we invest in this wonderful group of young people.
Life is often messy and hard. It sometimes reminds me of the song Broken Vessels, that starts out “All these pieces, broken and scattered…” Sometimes we feel like the Psalmist who cried out: “To you I call, O Lord my rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.” Ps. 28:1
But the song goes on: “In mercy gathered, mended and whole.” The key? Do what the Psalmist did, cry out to the Lord our Rock. No matter how big the mess is or how small the scattered pieces are, He not only wants to fix it, He is more than able to fix it.
It really is that simple: sincerely cry out to Jesus and expect Him to fix it! And as you see His amazing work unfold in your life, you will be able to declare with the Psalmist: “Weeping may remain for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning… You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. Oh Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” Ps. 30:5b, 11, 12
Don’t sink in your brokenness; give Jesus the pieces, He is the master mosaic artist!
(Brenda is our Worship Pastor and Women’s Group Leader.)