I’ll never forget the feeling of overwhelming joy when Diane told me that we were going to have a baby. We had been “trying” for 18 months and I was beginning to think that it would never happen. Then one morning she offered to drive me to work. That was odd, but when it comes to good things you learn to not ask too many questions.
We were getting on the 14 Freeway at Sierra Hwy heading south. As soon as we hit the freeway, she pointed to a tiny speck on the next overpass. It was a sign, I think. As we got closer but way too far to read it, she somehow was able with bionic eyes to decipher it, “Honey, we’re having a BABY!” She preceded to hand me a blue baby bootie, and we cried because what seemed impossible became reality.
As the excitement morphed into anticipation, significant questions about how to do the parenting thing arose? It’s one thing to want to parent, it’s another to actually be responsible for parenting a person. The thought of being the shaper of how a child views itself and interacted with others is daunting. We had a responsibility and neither of us felt equipped for the task.
Fortunately, we were a part of congregation of people who were committed to providing answers and equipping people with tools so that their faith in Jesus Christ could be massaged into every area of their life including parenting. We signed up and took several parenting classes. In these small groups we were able to take in new information and process it with others to figure out how to make it a part of our family. We went from being uncertain and fearful to prepared and confident.
As I look back on our parenting journey over the last 24 years, I shutter to think where our family would be if our parenting skills has remained limited to our dysfunctional ideas and broken experiences. I am grateful to those who had gone before us and were willing to teach others what they had learned. Their commitment to training the next generation of parents took significant effort and time, and yet it eternally impacted the Totten family and many others. They fulfilled Jesus’ command to, “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19).
Each generation of Christians is disciple by the generation who has gone before. Our faith is not only discovered through reading the Bible, but also exemplified by others. We teach that which we have learned. Thus, Christianity is not about my salvation alone, but about the salvation and redemption of others through God’s saving work in me.
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul teaches the younger Timothy not only about the Christian faith, but also how to share it. He instructs Timothy to, “Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.” 1 Timothy 4.
If your life is better because you have grown in your faith due to other’s teaching and encouraging you, would you consider passing on that which you have learned? Would you make room in your busy schedule to disciple someone possibly by occasionally leading a Life Group?
The Fall trimester runs from September to December. Preparation for it will be in early August. If you have not attended one of the new leader orientations, consider doing so. The next one will be on Sunday, July 26 at 11:00am or 5:00pm in the Hospitality Room. Please contact me ASAP (email@example.com) in order to discuss ideas even if you don’t have a specific topic. I have a list of themes that Pastor Marty and I would like to see made available.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch my 3-minute video about why I like team sports, check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBPJmkLm8hM. It’s about the beauty of a group of people working together.
Love Living Life Together,
- Pastor Zack