Family Vacation

Our family spent last week Gull Lake Ministries for vacation. I’m talked about Gull Lake on the podcast and have probably written about it before. It is one of our favorite places to go on vacation. The culture they have created there is second to none. The counselors are amazing, the food is delightful and the Bible teaching is convicting. My soul is restored after a week at GLM.

Choosing Faith Over Fear

Our Bible teacher for the week was Pastor Steve Andrews of Kensington Church. Too often I come away from a week like thisfuture-in-Christ without doing much reflection on what I’ve heard and learned. I thought writing up a blog post on one of the teaching principles would help me process it.

Pastor Steve talked about some of the big lessons he has learned throughout his journey in life. The first one he spoke on was “Choosing Faith over Fear.” We live in difficult times. I say that, and yet, as I read books about other times in history, the same could be said for those times. So, even as “difficult” as these days are, I don’t know that they are any more or less difficult than the other times were. Certainly from the standpoint of “comforts” we have it easier but the culture seems to be ever changing and not always, or necessarily often, for the better. The difficulty in this is understanding how to deal with it as parents and how to lead our children through these days.

The text that Pastor Steve talked about came from Matthew 6:19-21:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Brokenness is Stronger than Pretend

There is nothing for us in this world. Everything we have as believers in Jesus is in Christ. One of Pastor Steve’s pieces of advice was to “give your kids a bright, clear picture of the future in Christ Jesus.”

So, how do you do this? You lead your family. You lead your children. You demonstrate what it is to have a passionate love for the word of God. You live out your faith every day.

Pastor Steve made a point that really resonated with me. He said, “brokenness is stronger than pretend.” Being real makes a greater impact than faking your way through. As parents, we find it difficult to share our struggles with our children. But we need to believe that our kids, and our spouse, are stronger than we realize. Their shoulders are able to bear more than we think they can. So while we will hesitate to convey to them our struggles and burdens, as we share them at the appropriate time, it will deepen their faith.

Look for those moments when you can share something with your kids. While life in Jesus is awesome, it’s not always perfect. As they understand this, they will have more courage to share their own struggles. And so we help each other along as we pursue faith over fear.