I’ll be honest, the importance of investing in future generations has really been on my heart a lot lately. It’s always been important, but now, as I think about what values and character I’d like to our son to have, I can’t help but think about what kind of example I am being to others, and soon to him.
Titus 2: 1-8 (The Message) states,
“Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.
But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.“
Lately, I have noticed several couples who have offered to have dinner with us, to share with us their experiences – particularly in the area of missions – but also the wisdom they have gained during their own time of being newly married couples or young growing families. They are couples that we respect as they have demonstrated in their actions their own values and character as well as their love for God and family and their faith. For this we are thankful!
As I thought about how wonderful these couples are to offer there time, and how grateful we are, I also have thought about my own life. You see wisdom, gifts, etc. don’t always come at a certain age. I’m 34 years old and I know there is a lot I have to give and share. The question is, even before our son arrives and we begin to teach him, who are we investing in now? What examples are we as individuals and as a couple being in the community in which we live? There is a lot we have to learn, but there is a lot we have to share! What are we waiting for?
Do we doubt our own value? Are we waiting to reach a certain goal that will bring us recognition and the credibility then to share with others? Do we have an expectation that we must have all the answers rather than simply being real and honest about our own lives, challenges, and victories, and all we’ve learned along the way?
It’s time to stop the excuses. It’s time to open our eyes not on what we don’t have to give, or comparing ourselves to others, but to look outside of ourselves to see what others need, are looking for, and actually reach out and invest in them. No matter our age, our skill set, we all have something to give. That’s a Life lesson I want to exemplify.