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I had a really awesome experience this morning. I get to spend the week at my grandparents. The rest of the family will be headed to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving on Thursday. But until then, it’s just me and the Grands! Love it!

So this morning after sleeping in for a while, I meandered downstairs and discovered that I was just in time to join Grandma and Grandpa for their morning scripture reading. Every morning, they sit down with their coffee, Bible, and copy of My Utmost for His Highest and read together. Grandpa opens up Utmost first and reads allowed the daily devotional. The devotional always starts with a scripture verse so when he is done reading the devotional, he opens the Bible to read the chapter from which the scripture came. After reading, the time always ends with Grandpa praying for the day’s events, family members, and God’s will to be done.

It was fantastic to listen to Grandpa read. His voice has become a bit more raspy over the years, but he still reads the entire thing out loud. Grandma would interject a statement here and there about a time that the particular verse just read was significant in her life. As I was listening to my Grandpa, considering the words written by Oswald Chambers, thinking about Grandma’s words, I was struck with how amazing the moment was.

I have always known that I am extremely blessed because of the family I am a part of. All of my grandparents have incredible relationships with Jesus, and today I was reminded about that. I remembered back over the years how every time I spent the night at one of the grandparent’s home, the morning time always included time reading scripture and praying. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in on the grandparent’s devotion time…. today, though, I was completely overwhelmed with the thought of the legacy that has been passed on to me.

There were years and days that the grandparents could have given up on their diligence in developing their relationship with Jesus. But they didn’t. And because they have remained so faithful, I have been given a very rich and deep heritage. The legacy that they are passing onto me is the kind that will never fade. It’s an eternal legacy.

It’s the kind of legacy that fuels my passion to help other families see the value in building their legacy with their own family. It’s a big reason why I believe so strongly in things like the Walk and Talk family devotional from our church. Or being faithful to talk to our kids about Jesus. Or why I believe it is never to late for parents to disciple the hearts of their children. The kind of legacy that we should pass on needs to be the eternal kind. The kind that is a testimony to the faithfulness of Jesus. It doesn’t happen over night, but neither is it ever to late to start.

During this Thanksgiving week, I would encourage you to be thankful for the legacies that have been given to you and to take time to consider the legacy that you are passing on. Is it eternal? Is it the kind of testimony that other people will look at and think “Wow… God is faithful….”? I am extremely thankful for the legacy of my grandparents and parents and I hope that my legacy can be even a small bit like theirs!

Worshiping Together

There is something incredibly significant about gathering all together to worship God. We miss out when we choose to not be part of a gathered community that worships God together and here is why I think that:

We need to know we are not alone. God did not intend for any of us to walk life alone. We need to know that there are others around us taking each day as it comes and choosing to follow Jesus. We need to see and hear one another praise God.

We need to hear from others what God is doing. If I was left on my own to remember and find how God is working in this world, I know I would not always find Him. There are many days I forget to look or my life is so clouded by life, that I cannot see what God is doing. That is when I need to hear from others what they see and believe God is doing.

You need to hear from what why I choose to praise God. As much as I rely on those around me, I also need to realize that they rely on me. There will be times when I will be excited about what God is doing and you may be fogged in by life. That is when I have a responsibility to you.

Those reasons feed into why we are beginning to purposefully include our children in our worship services at Ontario Nazarene. Psalm 145:3-4 says, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” The reasons I gave above for worshiping together are not confined to one generation. They are true across generations.

It is important that our children learn to worship God by being with and among us. It’s important for them to learn they are not alone; that God is doing great things around them; and that they are vital to the community’s experience of worship. This is a big shift in our Sunday experience, but it is on purpose. We believe it is a key part in discipling our children towards Jesus.

Generation Love

I have something to admit. I like watching Nickelodeon and Disney Chanel. Sometimes I say it’s because of my job and I’m keeping up with the kids in our church, but the truth is that I would probably watch a bit now and then anyway! So yesterday I tuned in to Nick for a few minutes and was amazed at what I saw.

Jennette McCurdy, one of the stars from Nickelodeon’s iCarly, has a new music video and it aired on Nick yesterday. I managed to catch it just in time and was seriously impressed. First, I was impressed because I didn’t realize that she could sing! And then I began to listen to her lyrics and was even more impressed.

Her new song, Generation Love (video below), asks the question what will future generations say about our current generation? The song (I’m not sure if she is soling responsible for the lyrics) answers that question by asking if this generation could maybe be known as the Generation Love. What struck me though is there seems to be desire for a genuine, deep, authentic love. Not a fluffy, feel-good, kind of love. But the kind that is lasting and giving.

So it got me thinking. What this song really indicates to me is that there is a genuine interest in real love. The kind of love that Jesus shows us and calls us to. It made me excited because if this is a true indication of the questions and searching that this generation has, then it means to me that we, as followers of Jesus, have an awesome opportunity to present His love!

Now I know that there is, for many, a very shallow desire for love. And some are only motivated towards acts of kindness in order to make much of themselves… But I think we have a chance to give depth to acts of love and mercy. We have the opportunity to engage in showing and talking about what true love means. We have an incredible opportunity to shape this generation- if we take it.

And how do we shape this search for a generation of love? I think a good starting place is 1 John 3:11-24

11For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14We know thatwe have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know thatno murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18Little children, let us notlove in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22andwhatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another,  just as he has commanded us. 24Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

I think this truth in 1 John is “the old song calling our name…” I think this is how we help shape “the generation on the rise…” I think this is where we begin actually being Generation Love….

Generation Love

I found a picture of a mother in her bell-bottom jeans.
flowers in her hair, two fingers up for peace.
In that Polaroid she smiled, a grown up baby boomer
Maybe momma walked down the wild side, walking on the moon
What will they say about us

I’ve heard stories about my grandpa
child of the great depression
how growing up broke creates and deep and dark impression
He sits in a rocker, down at the veterans home
even when I got to visit he still rocking all alone

What will they say about us,
they call us generation lost or
generation greed or the connected generation
to a plasma screen or a generation why enough is not enough

Or maybe they’ll call us….generation love
Generation love

We are children of divorce
Victims of dysfunction
We spell check of course
And gps the proper junction
We’ve gotten pretty good at
Shifting all the blame

But I think I hear an old song
Calling my new name
Generation love

Not generation lost
Or generation greed
or the connected generation
to a plasma screen or a generation
or a generation why enough is not enough
Or maybe they’ll call us
Generation love

Ohhhh generation love
When they open up our time capsule
a hundred years from now
Maybe they will look inside
And see we figured out
How to live for less and give ourselves away
Just maybe they’ll call us,
Just maybe they’ll call us
Generation love

We are a brand new generation on the rise
Generation love
We are a brand new generation on the rise
Generation love

Ohhh generation love