I had a great phone conversation the other night with a high-capacity leader on the other side of the country. She’s confident, bold, and faithful in using the gifts God has given her. She inspired me, and challenged me. I walked away from our conversation encouraged…with renewed passion.
I love to read how God is at work in the lives of others! I love to ask people where they’ve been noticing the work of God. Love to hear stories of big faith and audacious prayers. Conversations like the one I mentioned above are an important part of living into community. But is that’s all I’ve got, that’s not enough. We can’t just live off someone else’s story.
We need a first-hand experience of God. I love the way Mark Batterson says this. “God’s dream for you is bigger than a second-hand faith.”
Yep, God appeared to Moses (Exodus 3:5), but he also showed up and spoke to Joshua too (Joshua 5:14, 15). And Hagar! He showed up for Hagar – an outcast in the desert! Similar situation, different God-story. He walked with Abraham, wrestled with Jacob, whispered to Elijah, argued with Job, and struck Paul blind to get his attention.
Isn’t it incredible that the story God has scripted for you and me and our kids isn’t any bit inferior to Hannah’s or Ruth’s or Joshua’s?
How are you experiencing a first-hand relationship with God? How are you encouraging your children to own their faith for themselves? They may have different experiences from you as they grow, but that’s because God has a different story to write in their lives than yours.
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member, Pastor, and Blogger