The financial struggles of recent years is a reminder to all of us that things come and go and despite our hard work and excellent plans, financial fortunes can vanish quickly in a world like ours. How much better to build with an eye on the long term? I'm not talking about a 401K but rather an eternal view, one in which we consider things that are beyond our current view.
One of the reasons that I want Faith UMC to be a place that is attractive to families is because I know that we must constantly be investing in children. Unless their hearts are turned to the Lord, the church is always a single generation from extinction. Children are our heritage and our investment in the world long after we have departed. What will our investment yield? Will it be a harvest of righteousness because we have sowed Godly virtues and understanding in their hearts?
The hard thing about investing in children is that, in some cases, we may not live to see the reward. But God values children very highly and to fail to encourage them in their spiritual growth is to fail in one of God's great missions.
Vacation Bible School is upon us....a great time to invest in the children of our community. I long for the day when Faith UMC will be known throughout our community as a place that loves children and that love is taught daily in Christ like way we live.
Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, a reward from God.