Hope At Home

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Hope At Home

This past weekend we had the opportunity to plant some trees. While the hardest work had already been done (digging the holes), we still had to get them planted. Effort and cooperation took place amongst the hundreds of Hopesters gathered on our land so that future generations could enjoy the fruits of our labor.

What an awesome picture of discipleship for our homes! When we begin to draw others closer to Jesus it takes some effort and cooperation there as well.

If you have ever been in any kind of relationship you know that it takes work. No relationship is easy. Relationships take effort to flourish. Ask anyone who has every dated, married, or had children.

The moment I became a husband I realized it wasn’t anything like I dreamed it would be. It was way harder than I ever expected because “true love” wasn’t enough to cover the fact that I was a very selfish person. I had some work to do!

And please, don’t get me started with the kids. Diapers, tantrums, and boys with cooties took a lot of cooperation between my wife and I. And, those were just the first years of life. Then my kids became adolescents where endless arguments about showers, deodorant, and other personal hygiene issues become the norm. Think that’s bad?! Wait until their frontal lobes begin to develop… ridding your older teenager of all capacity to reason and make logical decisions with no impulse control!

Sometimes, I wonder, if David was raising teenagers when he wrote Psalm 71:18

Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.

With all humor aside, I love the picture David paints for us here. A reminder for us of the importance of the future generation. If we do not tell the next generation of the mighty acts to all who are to come, who will? What will happen to the faith in Jesus we claim has changed our lives?

As we launch our newest ministry, Hope@Home, we know this will take the efforts of prayer, and the cooperation of the church and home, working together to bring people closer to Jesus, but we are excited about this task.

To see more about what Hope@Home is, come check out our new Home Center in the middle lobby next weekend. We’ll be ready to help you take your first step toward becoming the primary discipler in your home!

Blessings,
Shane

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