The Child and The Preacher (Milk or Meat)
A man of thirty years of faith stands before a congregation and speaks of the gospels and sermons like he has many times before. A child age seven brings his parent(s) a drawing in vibrant crayon of God, himself, and a rainbow that arches over them both. The preacher has been on his journey for more than four times that of the child who is still in the beginnings of his walk. Privy to both the preacher’s educated words and the child’s insightful piece, which would you be more likely to encourage and embrace positively in building on a relationship with God?
It may likely be the child, who in his formative youth definitely needs the positive reinforcement to continue his development. However, it is important to remember that the trials of thirty years can weigh heavily on a person. Even though an age or number may tell others that one should be able to make his or her own decisions on his or her projected path, this is not always the case. It is just as important to support the preacher as it is to support the child. The methods of support may be different, but the goal is the same.
Also, remember that we do not need to drive the bus for the person, just help him or her to get on and take a seat with a good view. It is the individual that will make his or her own way in a relationship with the Lord. As we may not always choose to stand and support our brothers and sisters due to our own limited understandings, we can give thanks and praise knowing that God will always be with them.
Embrace, encourage, enlighten and encompass and when you feel tired then rest on your journey and find an everlasting endurance in Him.