A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him in front of the service station.
Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. "Reverend," said the young man, "sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip." The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
As I looked at all the prom pictures of youth from previous churches and Sanger, I’m reminded of how fast time flies. I got to know the group that is graduating this year on a couple of Youth Mission Trips that I was allowed to go on. I think I’m on the youth mission trip travel ban because of some great moments where I kind of scared a few youth … and adults. Or, it might have been when I was “teaching” percussion and the drums were so loud that some of the other teachers could not hear their own voice. Or, it might have been the “your Momma,” challenge. I love the kids that I got to know and am reminded of how fast they graduate and grow up.
So, while you have your kids at home and under your influence, we need a sense of urgency to point them to Jesus. Let them see your values, priorities, dreams and plans shaped by your Heavenly Father. If our values are shaped by this world, our compromises will become our children’s compromises. Let them see you sacrifice personal wants and pleasures to be in the House of God each week. Encourage them by praying with them and for them and sharing encouraging truths from God’s Word. Let them see your godly priorities. When we sacrifice the things of God for the things of this world, we don’t put them in some advantageous position, but on a dangerous course. Don’t wait until the last minute, “the Day is approaching,” lead them to God.