This weekend our pastor’s sermon was on Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” The point of the sermon was that we need to train our chidren and our grandchildren, so we have someone to take over when we are gone from this world. Do you donate money to church or a charity? Do you volunteer time at church or with other charities? When you are gone, who will take your place? Who will donate money? Who will give their time? We can show our children what we do, and tell them why we do it, training them — the next generation.
For a closing song at the end of the church service, the musicians and singers were replaced one by one during the song with a younger person. The song was finished with all new people, some playing guitar, some singing, one playing drums, and one playing keyboards. It was a beautiful thing to watch. Each new person took over their position without interupting the song. It continued on, and we all kept singing. It reminds us not to forget, that our children don’t become responsible citizens and faithful Christians automatically. They need to be taught. Teaching by example is powerful, but explaining why, and showing how, and giving them chances to practice, complete the lessons. One day our children will be leaders in churches and in our communities. If they are not trained, then our churches and communities will suffer. Some churches have no young people in them, and they close their doors.
I don’t remember what the final song was. It isn’t important what the song was. What is important, is that we all were singing together, and continued to sing even with all new people. Next generation — Carry on…