I haven’t posted anything in awhile… Today was an unforgettable day, so I thought of recording it down somewhere. AND you have the privilege of reading it here on this blog.
On today’s public holiday, one of our senior leaders, Lynette, specially arranged and set out time to have lunch with one of the youth connect groups – Z2. Z2 is a connect group full of 13-year-olds… They are an awesome bunch of young 13-year-olds. Just like how we all were once 13, they are loud, funny, nonsensical at times, enthusiastic about everything, not forgetting mischievous at times… I love being with them. It makes me feel younger… Just kidding.
The fun part about today was that we had the awesome privilege to have Lynette with us on this outing on a public holiday.
*A selfie was taken at the Istana Park.
*Photo at the lunch table
Over lunch, there was such a sense of destiny as Lynette went on to affirm every person of their dreams of student revivals and family revivals. The vision was clear and an image was painted out in their hearts of how the future can be. Hearing that, I too truly believe from the bottom of my heart for MORE YOUTH REVIVALS!
Sitting there, I was just reminded of how it all started as a young teenager in HOGC. In HOGC, young people who have nothing much to offer are given opportunities to be discipled and are affirmed of their dreams to do great things for Jesus.
I saw first hand how Lynette gave encouragement and not an endorsement. She affirmed every young person even before they accomplished anything… She patiently addressed every single question asked, shared principles that help build the daily life, to life principles, to Christian values to ministry principles… Just by the fact that she chose to spend her public holiday with a group of 13-year-olds discipling them is a huge statement of doing what is important and not what is impressive…
After observing how Lynette relate to every young person, I had a revelation of what it means to have childlike faith. After so many years of serving God, seeing the good, bad and ugly. It takes a character to have childlike faith. Seeing how Lynette and Dominic meet every young person and affirm them of their dreams wholeheartedly always impresses me… How? How do you stay so long in this race, believe in so many generations and still keep the freshness to believe in the dreams of a new generation of 13-year-olds? It is a childlike faith.
Children see and perceive for the first time, they are always optimistic, always hopeful because they haven’t been discouraged by bad outcomes. Keeping a childlike faith is seeing the best in people despite old experiences that prove contrary.
1 Corinthians 13:7
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Childlike faith requires humility.
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I now understand why childlike faith requires humility. We need to lay down our pride and our limited human knowledge and perception of how people can be. Now move on to have faith to see the best in every individual through every circumstance.
My heart is so full. Gotta keep on keeping on! Growing in patience by the day… We will see the promises of God come to past for the next generation!