Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Braydon and Avery,

In these few short weeks I have noticed quite a bit about the world you will be raised in.

I've noticed school shootings are a frequent headline.
You are the first generation raised on the internet- what consequences or benefits will this bring?
Slavery is worse than it's ever been.
Marriage holds little value.
Money continues to sway hearts and dictate decisions, as usual.
The American dream has stolen the ability to look beyond ourselves; individualism is prized.
Abused, hurting, children flood our schools and streets.

As I think on all the above I realize I'm not worried.
I'm not worried for your future, because nothing new is under the sun and I serve a God who has equipped and commissioned me to enter into the hurt and broken- just like he'll commission you.

“When we look at the whole scope of this story line, we see clearly that Christianity is not only about getting one’s individual sins forgiven so we can go to heaven. That is an important means of God’s salvation, but not the final end or purpose of it. The purpose of Jesus’s coming is to put the whole world right, to renew and restore the creation, not to escape it. It is not just to bring personal forgiveness and peace, but also justice and shalom to the world. God created both the body and soul, and the resurrection of Jesus shows that he is going to redeem both body and soul. The work of the Spirit of God is not only to save souls but also to care and cultivate the face of the earth, the material world.” Tim Keller

Hear Keller's mission of the gospel and know that no matter what place in history you find yourselves, hard things will exist. You must care about the broken. Never run from it. Don't get lost in the allure of comfort or so bloated by the fruits of success that you stop seeing the hurt of others- it's harder to resist than you think.

The gospel has equipped you and your God is with you.
You can do the hard things.

The world is not scary.
It just needs to see a kind, brave, renewal brought forth by it's Creator and His people.

You're in good hands.
Better than mine.
And I can't wait to see what God has in store for you- It's gonna be great.

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