Last weekend, Lauren Snyder discussed the importance of having a top five support net of people that can pour into the next generation (me). This may look like, coming alongside a person, caring for them, giving them your time, providing them with guidance, and sharing each others’ joy. So … who’s done that for you?
so the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children.
I would have to consider two of my top five to be Whitehouse Campus Pastor Shawn Bellner and Whitehouse Campus Director of Arts Ray Hughley, as I have recently found myself serving in several areas in addition to writing. Shawn and Ray have both poured into me. Not only did Shawn guide me to the LIO Team, most recently he suggested I help the Production Team for the Easter service. With my spiritual gift of helping, I was all for it. I got to step into the backstage team for the first time! It was lights, camera, action, and I saw an incredible opportunity to serve.
Evidently, Ray did too. He vouched for me to continue to shadow the production team. Over time we have connected on several things — from discussions about dad jokes to Chick-fil-A and, yeah, production stuff too. Recently, he even invited me along to a conference as he continues to invest in me.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.
Both Shawn and Ray have been so instrumental in filling up my tank. They graciously took in a guy who before meeting them didn’t even know God’s love or Jesus. I was a tatted, raunchy, crazy wrestler guy, and they came alongside me and guided me to become an instrument capable of broadcasting Jesus’ love to others. That’s the importance—the turnaround—and the love and worth that follows.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
For whom in your life can you shine the light of Christ? Is there someone in the next generation you have an opportunity to invest in? What action will you take to be an instrument in God’s plan for you and for those around you?
Be intentional with the people around you, your “framily” (family + friends), by checking in with them. Perhaps you’re in a place where you can lead a Group with them.
Lord, thank you for your abundance of love, your agape love. I pray that I may show compassion, goodness, kindness, and the love that is your grace to others. I pray that I remain steadfast in my prayers for my “framily,” that I am intentional with them. I pray that they may know, witness, love, and receive the gift of your salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen!
This post was written by TJ McCroskey, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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