A year ago, we three pastors began a blog. The hope, through God’s grace, was to be able to help the next generation know the greatness of God. Over the past year we have heard from parents and church leaders how they have been inspired and challenged to help the next generation know Jesus.
Today I wanted to take some time to celebrate and reflect on how the blog has encouraged and stretched me over the past year.
Writing with Pat and Jared has been one of the healthiest working relationships I have experienced. I have to be honest. When we began to discuss writing regularly together I was intimidated. They both had blogs already I had never wrote regularly prior to this blog. Writing with them has helped me grow in my writing skills and confidence. Because of their patience, feedback, and grace I've learned to articulate the gospel better.
We've experienced struggles and achievements this past year. We prayed for one another through difficult times and praised God with one another in times of celebration. I am thankful God has given me two men to share my struggles with. I lost a friend this past year. We were able to discuss and process current events--riots and the supreme court ruling.
We were able to discuss and process through events that were happening in our country. We wrote on riots and supreme court rulings. Each time we wrote on these subjects we did so with great care. I'm thankful for brothers who care about me, laugh with me, and push me to become a better man. During this year we made sure to see each other when we were able. These guys are a picture for me of how the body of Christ helps one another grow.
As we look toward writing together another year, I want to pray lift up the same prayer with which I began my posts last November:
Father, we ask for moms, dads, volunteers and family ministry leaders to be encouraged by what is read here. Help our churches tell the next generation the only hope we have in life or in death is you. Excite our hearts to engage kids with the gospel. We pray what is written here glorifies you. Allow us spirits willing to submit to your Holy Spirit and Your Sacred Word, and keep us from pride and stubbornness. Lead us into loving action and obedience. Bless the relationships that begin here and continually refine our affections for you. Amen.