Last week we talked about God using us to teach our children, the next generation. However, God also calls us to observe and learn from children, that is, to imitate their humility and willingness to trust Him without reserve.

            A significant number of our children are currently giving us an excellent example to follow by their participation in this year’s Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) activities. Set to compete next week on April 6th, 7th are the following:  Will Jackson, Stephen McFadden, Austin Bustemante, Cary Bryan, Canyon Jarrett, Jessi McGuire, Preston Jackson, Shawn McFadden, Connor Barnett, Autumn Jarrett, Kyle Owens, Kailee Jones, Jaylee Poindexter, and Zack Owens are this year’s participants. They are spending time and energy to learn God’s word, and they are finding variety of ways to express and share the word of God with others.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:1-4 NIV).

 

            It remains our obligation to teach the next generation, but we can also learn from their willingness to sacrifice for the purpose of God by spending time in His word and with each other. May God bless us with the wisdom to not only learn from the example of these young people but also to encourage them and pray for them as they grow. If you see them, this week, make it a point to encourage them in the example they are to you! Thank you, LTC participants, for your shining example of courage and sacrifice! We all need to be doing such things!

                                                         Grace and Peace,

                                                                                      Jay Don