Hope and a Future
Read 1 Timothy 4: 7-16
Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4: 12-16 (NRSV)
Melissa Yamaguchi, from Hawaii, started a morning ritual of reading The Upper Room to her son, when he was in kindergarten. Though they were often rushed in the mornings getting ready for school and work, it became meaningful for them to make time for Jesus and to spend time as a family.
When her son was younger, Melissa wondered if some of the topics such as death, illness, or even questioning of faith might have been too mature or complex for him. But Mellissa realized that in this world of troubled times, teaching her son about the Bible and equipping him with an armor of salvation was important.
Upon hearing that he has treated others fairly or defended a playmate whom someone else has treated unkindly, Melissa has realized that the grace of the Lord is key to his life. As a parent Melissa has witnessed a lot of her child's joys and sorrows, but having a strong faith has been a source of encouragement for them as a family. As we weather the storms of life, Melissa is assured that the Lord will be by our side, just as we read in Isaiah 66:13, "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you."
Prayer: Loving God, as we grow in an ever-changing and sometimes unjust world, renew our strength daily. Walk with us and help us to be a light for others, in Jesus' name. Amen.