I am glad God speaks to me. What good is it if I do not listen? I believe that this is what is missing from our walk with God. He speaks and we do not listen. I want to share with you a thought that God has been dealing with me; hopefully you will be able to use it.
I want to be a better Christian, husband, father, soul winner, preacher and pastor. I have felt like that even though I know that these are my God given roles in life that I have not been able to find much direction with them. I want my life to count for eternity. I am tired of average preaching and average service. I want God’s blessing on my life.
I have been reading a book by Dr. Paul Chappell entitled, “Stewarding Life.” I would encourage you to read it too. I believe God has brought this book to my attention because I have been praying and asking God to help my life and my preaching to count for eternity. This book is not the Word of God, but there are Biblical principles that I have needed to apply to my life.
God has helped me to identify my God given roles in life. They are as follows: a Christian, husband, father, soul winner, preacher, and pastor. These are the things that God has given me to do for Him. This is my only time that I have to do something for eternity. I must make sure that what I do everyday helps me accomplish my God given roles.
What are your God given roles? This life, this time you have, is the only time you have to do something that will matter in eternity. Life is short. We cannot get it back. Don’t waste it on things that will not matter when we stand before God.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old , he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
I just want to think for a moment about what we should teach our children. I would like to take a different direction. Yes, we should teach our children about the Gospel and about walking with God. Yes, we should take them out with us when we go soul winning. Allow me to take a different thought. We should teach them what they should be interested in. In other words we should help them to develop a non electronic hobby.
The average kid has one hobby, video games. Then parents complain that all their kids do is play games. Well, duh. What are they being taught? What about model cars, baseball cards, hunting, or fishing?
I have a unique hobby, it is straight razor shaving. I have three razors that I have learned to hone and take care of. It takes time and I enjoy it. We live in a high tech world and we lack a high touch experience. So for me, it is something I enjoy. As my son gets older he will grow accustomed to that as my hobby and may develop an interest in it as well. I hope to teach him the necessary patience and work that is needed to sharpen and maintain a blade. I hope to teach him to set aside time every day to do something that he would enjoy and allow him to meditate.
I don’t mind the occasional game. I played them as a kid. I would prefer that he develop other interest. That interest could be traditional shaving, or it could be something else. What ever it happens to be it is my responsibility as dad to guide him towards an interest that he would enjoy and that would help teach him some valuable life lessons.