Posts Tagged ‘the next generation’

Okay, last night I did something that I’ve never really had the chance to do before. My three year old grandson came up to me and asked me if I would color with him. Turns out we were given a black piece of paper and he started to ask me to draw things for him. Cows and tractors and trains and pictures of him and of me. He wrote his name and drew a few pictures of his own. I had a great time and I think he did too. Now I’ve done a lot of art in my life, but this was the most fun I had doing it in a long time. We put so many pictures on that paper that they started to be drawn one on top of another. After that, we spent some time playing tractors on the floor. It was a real blessing.

Then today I had the privilege of finishing working on the set for the musical my son is directing, a production of Elf Jr. We’ve spent a lot of time working on it, and today we finished. I love when I get to invest in the next generation. I love using my gift to serve others. I guess my caution would be this: In the midst of all the great opportunities we get to do, don’t forget the ones that are closest to you. Invest your gift in all the ways you can, but it’s especially important to sow into the next generation.

My weekend was spent, painting and preaching and few things are better. I love the opportunity I have to pray with people after the service, the privilege I have of using my gift of art to share the Gospel. I love to go to churches and encourage people to use their gifts to serve the Lord and it’s always nice to hear the kind words of encouragement I get greeting people, making new friends and on and on. It is a privileged life and I am a blessed man… but…

There is one thing that really blesses me beyond measure and it happened this weekend. Each night after service, seven year old Austin would come up to me with his drawing of what I painted that night. He did this at every service he attended and it really touched my heart. On his last service with me, his grandmother presented me with three sketched by the artist himself. Austin’s gift to me. It’s times like those (among many others) that God shows me it’s working. That just as someone showed me that I could use my gift to serve the Lord, I am getting to do the same for others.

I love that, no matter what the age of the person inspired, but the children really excite me because the younger we can get them thinking of serving the Lord, the better.

Thank you for your gift, Austin, you’ve blessed me more than you know.

So how about it readers, how can you sow into the next generation or, for that matter, whoever God has put before you?