My greatest ministry will be in the next generation and it must carry on into the generation of my grandchildren. I am not done yet!
I am realizing that my greatest ministry will be in the next generation. The life of David reminded me of that some weeks ago.
There came a point where he started storing gold and building materials so that his boy Solomon would have a free hand in building the Lord’s temple. He had to switch his thinking when his life crossed the halfway point. He had to coach more and do less. His greatest contribution would be leading other to their greatest potential rather than accomplishing more personally. Of course he would still achieve much more, but he would soon come to grips with his humanity.
Now as a grandparent, I am finding that thought coming to bear on my life in ever increasing ways. My responsibility doesn’t end where my empty next begins. It continues. (I offer a silent prayer here.) It must carry on into the generation of my grandchildren. I am not done yet!
Exodus 10:3 gives us our initial glimpse of this assignment. Here is the New Living Translation: “You will be able to tell wonderful stories to your children and grandchildren about the marvelous things I am dong among the Egyptians to prove that I am the Lord!” (emphasis added).
Deuteronomy 4:9 tells us: “Do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and [be sure that] they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons” (emphasis added).
At the time of this writing, I have two grandchildren and another on the way. I hope to have a quiver full of them one day, and I know my influence cannot be apart from them. It must be inclusive of them, and that inclusion is intentional. No one else will fight for this, I must.
I have chosen to spend time with my family. I travel to Oregon and spend time with my children and their children. It’s a biblical mandate. I have a small farm where I love sitting on a tractor and working with animals. It’s therapeutic for me and it gives me contact with my children. We can live anywhere we choose to, but Anna and I have chosen to live where our family resides. It’s not a decision based on Geography, economics, landscape or weather (although you can’t beat Hawaii for weather). But since I have one son in Hawaii and two daughters in Oregon, I will do my best to spend a portion of my tine in both of these places in the days ahead.
Now, some see me spending time in the northwest and choose to paint it with dark colors. There will always be those who will try to make your decisions for you and judge your lifestyle as less than righteous. I will absorb all such criticism, and so much you.
Fight for your family.
If you don’t, no one else will.
This post is an adapted from Pastor Wayne Cordeiro’s book, Leading on Empty. We’ll post relevant experts here from time to time, and you can find it in the Life Resources collection.