Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 6, 2015

Raising Up a Generation

raising a generation

Scripture: These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”Deuteronomy 6:6-9

“Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

These verses have taken me back several decades, to Walker’s Chapel Church of God in Christ in my hometown. At this moment, I’m remembering the red and white tambourine I had and how I tried to play it in the Sunshine Band with my cousins. An Easter pageant comes to mind, with us wearing white sheets for robes and towels for head coverings as we reenacted the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Fast forward a few years and I see myself at the same church, wanting things to hurry up because USA Network had moved its Saturday afternoon Kung Fu Theater to Sundays. Still a few more years ahead and I’m attending a Youth Congress, participating in speech recitals, choirs and Bible Drill.

Sis. Parks, Sis. Washington, Sis. Brite, Pastor J. Williams and my family took God’s word to heart, to train a child in the way she should go. Whether I wanted to learn them or not at that young age, they made sure I did. And I am grateful to the Lord for putting them in my life, their prayers and putting me in check when it was needed. Through this training and teaching came understanding and acceptance that an almighty God loves and has His eyes on me.

Just as adults need to know God, children do too. They need to know who He is for themselves and what He desires for their lives: “So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.” Psalm 78:7 They need to know that they matter very much to the Lord, precious in His sight and safe in His powerful hands. Whether they learn so through Bible Drills, singing, plays, conferences— the method does not matter. What does matter is that we grownups, who know and have experienced God move in our lives, teach them, show them and lead them. And when they mature, they will not depart from Him.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for sending the teachers and helpers to guide us on our God-given paths. Help us, Lord, to do the same for Your youth. Send the children and send the helpers, and instruct us to raise up a generation of believers, who love You unconditionally. Amen.

Written by Shelby Nelms, member of TLC Fellowship


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