Making Disciples In Today’s World

Talking about Jesus to others face to face isn’t easy for me. There are 2 reasons for this: 1. Others may not be receptive and shut me down immediately and 2. I will make a fool out of myself and stumble over my words.

It seems that we are living in a world where talking about Jesus makes people uncomfortable, annoyed, or angry. My job involves being around teenagers. I am surprised by the number of teenagers that don’t know Jesus or identify as Atheist. I have been asked several time if I am a Christian and they then open up and tell me their beliefs. In my line of work, I am not allowed to talk about Jesus. It saddens me because in this stage of life, teens need Jesus!

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Proverbs 22:6

We can’t assume that parents are sharing Jesus with their children, in my opinion, most aren’t. So that leaves us Christian’s to share the Good News and help make disciples in this world.

How do we do this? We start with our own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, etc. We live our own lives according to God’s will so others can see His light within us. We see in John that this is how Jesus gained his disciples: John 1:43, 45-46

  • “Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah.’
  • “The next day, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Come, follow me.’ “
  • “Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus.’ “

It’s a game of telephone, except at the end, more people know and maybe even decide to follow Christ. Don’t be afraid to share who He is and what He has done in your own life. Be the change in today’s youth, and help direct them in the way they should go.

Living By Grace,

Misty

A Letter to My Son

I still remember praying for you to enter my life. I waited over a year to see that positive sign letting me know that I was carrying you. I can recall the immeasurable joy I felt the day you came into this world, and I was able to hold you for the first time.

The first few weeks were not easy. I was thankful for your Grandma Ruth who decided to stay that first week. The first night home, you cried the entire night. I will never forget the soft knock on the bedroom door early the next morning. Grandma Ruth was standing there. I was crying and saying how you didn’t sleep at all that night. She replied in a soft and understanding voice, “Give him to me and go sleep.” That is exactly what I did. She showered your dad and I with wisdom that first week and looking back, I believe her calming presence gave me reassurance that I could do this whole mommy thing.

Now here we are, thirteen years later, and I am asking myself, “How has it gone so fast?”

You are a special young man, Noah. From an early age, you exhibited compassion, empathy, and kindness toward others. You have always had this inner wisdom of who God is and have demonstrated through your actions that you do listen to His soft whisper of how you should live your life.

I want to share with you some bits of wisdom as you enter your teenage years. The first being that I know you may find this post embarrassing and may even feel that my wisdom doesn’t apply to you. I know this because I thought the same thing when my parents had this talk. Trust me when I say that there will come a day that you will say, ‘my parents were right’.

The next few are important, so listen up.

  • Seek God. You will be faced with many choices as you navigate your teenage years. Before you make any decision, seek God’s guidance first.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Do not let others define who you are. You were born with your own strengths and weaknesses. You were meant to be different from others around you, and that is absolutely ok. Never squash your uniqueness in order to be like someone else.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10
  • Lead by example. You will be challenged to follow the crowd. Your friends may choose different paths, and deep down you may be torn to follow them or choose to remain true to who you are. Dear Noah, you are a leader and not a follower. Always remember that.

Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you are young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.

1 Timothy 4: 11 (Msg)
  • It is ok that not everyone likes you. That’s right…you will have people who don’t like you. It will seem unfair and it will hurt your feelings. They may not even try to get to know you and you probably won’t understand why. Don’t waste your time on the opinions of others. Stay true to yourself and know that their opinions of you are their issues and not yours.

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God will protect you from that.

Proverbs 29:25 (Msg)
  • Choose your circle wisely. People change and grow. That is a part of life. You may find that you and some friends will grow apart and although that may seem hard, that also allows room to make new friends. My word of caution is to choose wisely, Noah. Not everyone has your best interest at heart. Surround yourself with those you can trust and who encourage you.

Wise friends make you wise. But you hurt yourself by going around with fools.

Proverbs 13:20
  • Talk to your dad and I. This will be the hardest advice to follow. You will feel invincible and that you know more than we do, BUT…. you don’t. I want you to know that no matter the problem you have, even if you feel it is due to a bad choice you make, that you can always come to us. We love you unconditionally, which means that there is NOTHING you can do to make us love you any less. That does not mean that there may not be consequences, but it does mean that we will not leave you to work through it alone. We will encourage you and help guide you back on the right path.

Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture…None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us.

Romans 8: 38-39 (Msg)

Lastly, Noah… Have fun!! Enjoy this time. Don’t rush these years. Don’t wish them away. These next several years may be some of the best of your lifetime. You will have new experiences, make lasting memories, and learn many lessons. Live each day to the fullest and don’t worry about tomorrow.

I am beyond proud to call you my son. You make each day fun by your many impressions, your talent of acting out scenes from your favorite movies, and your dance moves (that you clearly got from me!) I love you my Noah. You are and will always be…

My Sunshine.

Love, Mom.

Messy blessings,

Misty