Passing the Baton

O my people, listen to my teaching.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past–
stories we have heard and know,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children
but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds
of the LORD. We will tell of his power and the mighty
miracles he did. Psalm 78

I remember watching the Commonwealth Games a few years back and specifically one of the Relay races. One of the runners had got distracted by the big screen in the stadium showing the triple Jump that was taking place at the same time as his race. Instead of being ready for the rapidly approaching (and leading) runner, he was engrossed in a different event. He suddenly became aware but too late and the change over just didn’t happen properly at all.
Speaking tonight on young people and the Church, how we messed up passing the baton of faith to a new generation. It’s a big challenge but we’re not running completely from behind. The stats for 2002 have actually shown an increase in the number of young people engaged with Church. Youth ministry is making a difference! I just hope and pray that the young people who are living their faith are given the chance to lead ….. even though that may mean Church being a very different shape/size/expression/colour!
(That reminds me, anyone else going to “The Shaping of things to come” in London on October 4th?)

2 Replies to “Passing the Baton”

  1. It’s a good point …… the tripe jump has been ammended to read “triple jump” ….. could have been a whole new genre of TV programmes combining the popularity of Sports and cookery programmes though!

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