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It's All One Story

Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next.  Isaiah 38:19 NLT

Photo courtesy of pixabay.God is painting a vast mosaic which depicts a magnificent story.

You and I are a part of God’s picture. Though a tiny scene on this canvas or a brief paragraph in the story, we complete the narrative. Those of my generation, the Baby Boomers, need to run the last leg of the race and pass the baton in a fashion that tells the story of God’s faithfulness to the emerging generation.

We hear of prominent Christian leaders losing their zeal—becoming apathetic and sometimes even cynical. Some lose sight that their own little corner of the world is not the beginning or the end. The story of redemption runs throughout the Bible’s pages. Each part of God’s revelation builds on the previous. It’s all one story.

Jesus said those who sow and those who reap should rejoice together because we get the same reward (John 4:36-38). Many in my generation may be transitioning to a consulting or supportive role, and it may feel as if we have gone from a reaping back to a sowing mode. But we can get behind the next generation with the same zeal and enthusiasm with which we pursued our ministries. It’s not about our plans but God’s eternal purposes.

Consider this. You could be more productive in a collaborative role, though it may be behind the scenes. Paul spent a lot of time in prison or under house arrest but wrote a significant part of the New Testament. Additionally, the greatest fulfillment does not come from the utilization of our gifts and callings but hearing God say, “Well done,” at the judgment seat of Christ. Then those who sow and those who reap will receive the same size trophy.

Run to the finish line, and rejoice that God is going to do greater things for those taking our place. It’s all one story.  

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Ken Barnes

Ken Barnes has had a twenty-five year career in educational pursuits. He has taught in various public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Virginia. He also worked for seventeen years with Youth With A Mission as a school leader, recruiter, and director. Ken holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places. He currently is a speaker, blogger, and freelance writer. Ken lives with his wife Sharon in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Visit Ken at https://sites.google.com/site/kenbarnesbooksite/