Nov2FriNovember 2, 2018
The holidays are quickly approaching, and I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my family and friends. Growing up I always had my family by my side, but now that my brother and sister have grown up they have moved a few hours away. I might see them once every month or two. Thankfully during the holiday season we usually get together for at least one holiday, and sometimes for two. I don’t know where I would be without my family. They have always been my biggest supporters, and when problems or difficulties come my way in life, I know I can always turn to them for love, support, and encouragement.
I am so thankful that I grew up in a loving, caring, Christian home. My parents taught me Christian values, and even though I strayed from my guidance at times in my youth, I now appreciate the strong foundation that was laid for me as a child. I learned most life lessons from my parents. When I minister to youth at the church, and in the community I know that I can help shape a young person’s foundation for Christ, but the parents of that child can do much greater things than I can. The parents of a child are their greatest youth ministers. Parents can lay that strong foundation for life in their children’s lives by training them up to fear and obey the Lord. In Proverbs 22:6 it says, “Train children to live the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray from it.” I appreciate so many of you great parents at church who love, care, and support your children. You teach them Biblical values, and help them grow up to become strong Christian men and women who love the Lord. I may be the youth minister at Cornerstone, but you parents are much bigger youth ministers in the lives of your children than I ever will be. Thank you Christian parents and grandparents for laying the firm foundation for the next generation of Christian leaders. Your work is much needed, and much appreciated. Keep guiding your children in their relationship with the Lord.
Thankful for my Christian parents, and for other Christian parents,
Youth Man Matt