Today, during the worship portion of our service, some of the younger children came up front to lead us in the motions to a song. The youngest child kept looking to the oldest child to make sure he was doing the motions at the right time. His face was shining with excitement, enthusiasm, and joy as he trusted the older child to lead him correctly. I don’t think he looked out at us in the congregation once– his eyes remained on the one who would give him correct direction and not fail him.
Maybe because it’s Father’s Day, maybe not, but I find myself thinking of who I look up to, who my sons look up to, and who my husband looks up to for guidance and direction.
As an adult, my examples have been famous writers like Corrie Ten Boom and Elisabeth Elliot, as well as contemporary writers like Priscilla Schirer and Beth Moore. These women have stood in the face of trials and struggles and have come through with God’s wisdom, guidance, and strength because they chose to be obedient to God in their lives.
My sons and husband though, as men, don’t talk about who they look up to and seek guidance from in their lives. But I listen, I see who they spend time with, who they talk about, who they call for insight. They have godly men to talk with, to be challenged by, and encouraged by as their lives need it.
My thoughts go to the young men and young women who are growing up without strong, solid, godly guidance. Who is speaking into their lives, showing them that they matter, giving them direction and correction as they go through life?
So many commentators of our society say we are lost, devolving, going off the rails, and that there is no hope. But I don’t see that. I see opportunities to change the direction of our society, to change the perspective– it just takes the time to speak into someone’s life, to be someone another person can count on, to be there, to listen, to encourage, to challenge, to love.
Who is looking up to you? It could be your children, it could be your students, the kids in your youth group, your nieces and nephews… Are you speaking into their lives? Reminding them of who they are in Christ? Reminding them that they are precious and prized and valued and loved and treasured above all things? That they were created on purpose for a purpose?
If we truly believe that we are here on earth at this time to be God’s hands and feet, then how are we using them? Are you using them to help build faith muscles in the the next generation or are you allowing those same muscles to atrophy from lack of use?
Let’s build those muscles, let’s start being the kind of people that encourage others to look up.