Training the Next Generation
Sometimes I wonder if we are failing to give the next generation – particularly our teens and young adults – all they need in order to accomplish God’s calling in their life. Here are some of the lessons I fear that we aren’t passing down:
How to recognize God’s purpose and calling.
How to hold even God-given dreams and aspirations and goals with an open hand, allowing those dreams and aspirations and goals to mature and change over time.
How to distinguish between their identity (who they are) and their gift or purpose or calling (what they do).
How to trust God entirely, even if he calls them to “give up their Isaac.”
How to persevere when God seems silent and everything in life comes crashing down around them.
How to endure rejection, scorn, and persecution.
How to sacrifice for a greater good.
How to get up one more time than you fall down.
If we want to raise a generation of men and women who will stand firm in their faith and accomplish great things for the kingdom of God, these lessons aren’t optional – they’re essential.