Thursday, August 25, 2011

Great Reminder for Mom & Dad

We're blessed at Second to have an incredible team of people, working side-by-side in an effort to make Jesus famous in the world we find ourselves in. One of the guys on our team that I'm very grateful for is Jonny Marks. He works on the Student Ministry team at the Woodway Campus and his official title that I gave him about a year ago is; Utility Pastor.

He received that title because he's the utility guy on our team. If we need someone to lead worship... he's the guy. If we need someone to teach... he's the guy. He's an incredible asset to our team. One of the biggest hats he wears is the Parent Ministry hat. He trains, equips and encourages parents in their journey each and every week.

Today, I wanted to share his most recent note to our Parents, becaue it blessed me and I'm sure it will bless you as well:

Guest Blogger: Jonny Marks

In my conversation with the Lord today, I expressed a reality I live with and it struck me very strong. Maybe you can relate. Most days I feel like I am ‘one sin away’ from losing out on the grace and love of God; like God has set a quota of love and mercy for Jonny Marks and the next mess up will wipe out my account. It’s a terrible feeling and totally untrue, obviously. However, sometimes the obvious isn’t so easy to see.

I wonder how many of our kids feel this way with us. Have we created an environment where failure is met with grace and consistent, fair discipline so that our kids understand that ‘nothing can separate’ them from our love as parents? I need to work on this.

If kids grew up knowing that their position in our eyes was secure and that even in great chaos and failure they were going to be met with compassion and mercy, I can guarantee our homes would look different. Our kids would look different. Dream a little to see if you can picture the effect this kind of certainty would bring to our kids. Young men and women who live confidently because they don’t fear the hammer coming at every mess up could change the world! Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying though. Consistent discipline and clearly communicated expectations are necessary in our homes to develop responsible, Christ-loving kids, but…you get what I’m saying. The truth is they are NOT ‘one sin away’, but that may not be what’s communicated.

What can you and I do today to begin to change the atmosphere around the house? How can we make sure that our kids don’t live with the fear that they are ‘one sin away’ from losing everything?

Romans 8:38,29

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:19

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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