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What a great day it was on Sunday.
It was so good to get together as family and celebrate a really significant time in church family. Baby dedication isn’t just a ceremony or form. It’s a commitment to influence Elsie’s life, as best we can, such that she will grow into the woman God has called her to be.
It’s a commitment by Jon & Bec, but it’s also a commitment from us. I thought Rod did a great job articulating our responsibility to Jon, Bec, Elsie and all the children that walk through the doors of our church. A responsibility to create an environment where our kids are able to grow and be established as the young men and women God has called them to be.
There’s much that we can do to see that happen. There’s the obvious of getting involved in Kids church … I’m sure Steve Solley would love to hear from you if you want to be a part of that. But there’s also the impact you can have by your example.
When I gave my life to Jesus at the age of 13, I thought that all the adults in church were godly people of great character who must have been really close to Jesus. They had, after all, known Jesus so much longer than I had. Ok … so my view of Christendom may have been a little rose coloured. What can I say, I’ve always been an optimist.
And I learnt quickly that the amount of time you’ve known Jesus doesn’t necessarily correlate with good character … or even being happy people!
But there were many adults in the life of the church that did the simple things … like smiling at me at church on a Sunday as they walked past. One would simply say “Hi.” And ask how I was. It was never going to be a deep conversation, but I was 14 years old. I wasn’t looking for deep. I couldn’t even tell you his name!
But all of these little connections by adults – people I saw to be in authority simply because they were adults – built in me a sense that “the church” (and by extension, God) was interested in me. They made me feel like church was a place that I belonged, even at that age. That it wasn’t their church … it was my church too. And I mattered even though I was “just a kid”.
Let me encourage you church. Take some time this week to just say hi to a kid running around the building. You’ll never know the impact you might have on a kids life. At least, not this side of eternity.
Can’t wait to see you on Sunday
Alex & Sarah