A journey is travel from one place to another. We can not be true followers/disciples of Jesus unless we follow Him. A disciple is a pupil of Christ…a learner of Christ. I believe parents need to teach their children this from a young age. I can teach you and show you Jesus, but YOU need to know Jesus personally for yourself. We can not live our child’s journey for them or protect them from it either. We need to encourage them early on about this journey and what it means to grow up in the Lord. As parents we need to teach our kids early that to surrender their life completely to Jesus is how they will truly find it (not just salvation). Too many parents tell their kids you can do anything you want to do or set your mind to do. What we should be telling them is to seek God with all your heart and find out what HE wants for your life. Teach them that when they lay their life down in the hands of their loving, faithful Father, HE will show them what He has called them to do and what His will is for them. This requires time in His Word and in His presence, prayer and obedience. Speaking words of Christ are not the same as living the words of Christ. We can not do this for our kids but we certainly can point them the right way and should be doing everything we can to encourage this as they are growing up. All of us have a journey and that journey is to lose ourselves to find ourselves (our real selves) IN HIM. The journey takes us from “self” to HIM…..from being self-centered to being God-centered. We need Him. When we allow Jesus to teach us through His Word and through experience, we become more and more Christ-like which is the goal of the journey and that is centered around loving others in word and deed. I love the passion you have for what God has put in your heart to do. I believe that our passion becomes greater and greater the more we learn from Him and then in turn do something with what we learn…..to grow in grace, from faith to faith which causes us to be the doers of the Word we hear. God bless!
A new culture will do that to you. Suffer from arachnophobia? Then you’ll love Cambodia where they eat large spiders. Or travel to Peru and you might find yourself gagging when they serve you chicha, a drink made from chewed up yucca. Don’t like snakes? Then you’ll want to steer clear of the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
You are right on here, Cheryl!
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