This past Sunday, Caleb and I had the wonderful opportunity to teach the older kids (teenage) Sunday school class. It was a small gathering (3), but a great time of instruction and interaction. It was very good for us, as the newcomers at church, to get to know each of the kids a little better and spend that time together.
Our lesson was a general, broad perspective on our callings in life, how Caleb and I reached the spot we are today working with missions in Peru, and some principles on what they (our audience), as young growers and thinkers, should be dwelling on in the coming years as they develop their skills and talents for life ahead. My dad did a series of talks to parents about guiding their children in these decisions in life, so we got a few of our ideas from him.
A few of our points were these:
~ Foundation: (Gal. 5:22-23) The study and practice of the fruit of the Spirit, along with the virtues of diligence and motivation should be a constant emphasis in their lives. No matter what work we are called to do in life requires these virtues each and every day.
~Stock: (Matt: 25:14-30) Each of us have been given gifts, talents, desires, and abilities by our Lord. With reflections and LOTS of wise counsel from parents and respected adults, it is important for each of them to take stock of what they’ve been given to work with. This will help as they start to focus on the future and narrow down what studies and areas to spend more time/energy in.
~ Circumstances: (Eph 2:10) By His infinite wisdom, God has placed each of them in the family they are in, in the country they live in, surrounded by the people that they are surrounded by. We encouraged them to look at those to see what opportunities lie at their fingertips, and to be careful not to shun what God has Providentially placed right there in front of them to help in these decisions.
~Prayer: (Phil 4:6-7 ) As with everything in life, they need to come before the Lord each day, asking for guidance and a humble heart to follow what doors He opens and to be content with each door that might close. The Lord hears our prayers and will answer them!
~Trust: (Prov.3:5) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” The Lord is faithful to His children and will lead and guide them to the ends of their lives. We do not need to fear for the future, but know that as we strive to walk faithfully, He will guide us exactly the place He wants us to be. It is essential to trust in Him!
It was a wonderful time and I believe that the young’ins enjoyed the talk. We had a chance to share with them how we had come to the place we are in life, how the foundational training we had received in youth had shaped us for the tasks ahead, how our circumstances formed our desires and helped narrow our paths, and how with prayer and trust, we rest assured that this place in life is exactly and precisely where God has placed us.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Rom:8:28