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listen and tell

listen and tell

Since beginning my job here at Southwood as the Jr. High Female Director, I have been deeply cared for by the church family I have become a part of. Part of being cared for by this family means that I am hearing many stories of God’s work in this community, which are comforting reminders to me of His power and love. Being in a new place and job, I have needed those reminders frequently! I have heard stories of broken people being brought into the Southwood family to be healed by Christ. I have heard stories of people who generously offer their hearts and time and resources to participate with God’s work in Lincoln Village. I have heard stories of people whose lives were changed by Jesus when they were young through relationships with people at High-Life or YoungLife and are now engaging young people today with that same life-changing gospel of Jesus.

Because of these stories, I am reminded of my Savior, Jesus, who is the only one who can give me hope and healing in life. The exciting thing is I get to turn around and share stories of God’s work with the Junior High students I work with. I get to share with them the hope I have in Christ and see Him become their hope as well. I also get to hear their stories of what He is doing in their lives and families. Stories are powerful. They change our perspectives. They teach us. They remind us. They bring truth to life. 

One of my professors at seminary frequently called my attention to Psalm 78 when considering the ministry of God’s people. In this Psalm, the Psalmist calls on the people of God to be a story-telling people: “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done” (Psalm 78:4). Clearly God puts high priority on the next generation because He desires to be their hope, their rescuer, their rock. This psalm reminds us to listen to the stories of our Lord from people of older generations. There is also a very clear call to continue to tell our stories to the next generation. The next generation is called in turn to tell their stories to the generation after, and so on. It’s a beautiful picture of God’s plan for His intergenerational family.

Consider the “glorious deeds of the Lord” you have heard about and experienced in your life. Consider sharing those stories of our mighty and gracious God with the next generation. I don’t know what that will look like for you. The Lord has brought me to Southwood to participate in Jr. High ministry and I am thrilled to be a part of these students’ lives. The backdrop for your story-telling may be different, but maybe it’s not. We have a Hero, Jesus Christ, to tell about. Let’s eagerly listen and tell others of His wonders so that together we can find hope and life in Him.