After attending an Orange Conference, I usually say, “It can’t get much better than this.” But then I go to another one and say the same thing! While every part of the conference was significant, I think the opening session by Reggie Joiner was the most moving of all.
We all need to consider the TIME we have left with our children. This profound statement continues to speak to me…
“When you see how much time you have left, you get serious about the time you have now.“
Here are my notes from the opening session and some photos I took of the exhibits. The marbles in glass canisters was a visual impact upon my heart! Each marble represents a week of life…birth through graduation from high school.
I had a lump in my throat throughout the conference just thinking about the time ticking away. We are on a mission to leave a legacy of faith to our next generation. For God’s Glory! I was challenged more and more to consider the TIME I have left with my children and grandchildren…for the families and friends in our lives.
Our legacy is not for us, but for them. Our history includes the faithfulness of God through the grace of salvation in Jesus Christ. We have stories to tell of God’s faithfulness. We have stories to tell of answers to prayers. We have exciting and compelling faith stories woven into our history. We have TIME to FOCUS on this.
“Losing Your Marbles”
Gave families a jar of 962 marbles, with each marble representing one week. Remove one marble for every week that passes.
When you see how much time you have left, you get serious about the time you have now.
We have a limited amount of time with our kids…We are given TIME
Pray for a heart of wisdom to use this TIME wisely! “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
There is value in numbers! Have I considered the number of days?
When you see the time you have left, you tend to FOCUS more.
Demonstrate to our children how God loves them. The main thing is a relationship to Jesus. That is what matters.
Engage our kids in a story bigger than themselves. They are woven into a history of God’s faithfulness through the generations. Show up and make history with kids.
When you see the time you have left, you make what matters…matter most.
When you see the time you have left, you value what happens over time.
For our children…we can:
LOVE our kids time over time
LOVE over TIME = a sense of WORTH
- I Corinthians 13: Love is….
- Accepted, no matter what
WORDS over TIME gives them DIRECTION
- Shape the character of our children.
- Everybody needs somebody to show up…to give the right direction.
- Someone that has invested TIME…a history together.
STORIES over TIME give PERSPECTIVE
- We are wired for stories
- We have imaginations.
- Craft a story that appeals to emotions.
FUN over TIME gives CONNECTION
- We are created to have fun
- Measure temperature of church based on how much they laugh.
- Joy = an atmosphere of fun
- There is healing through laughter and fun. Example: play therapy
TRIBES over TIME give a sense of BELONGING
- We can be more present for a few…time over time. (Small Groups)
- To leave a Legacy, we don’t have to be famous. We have to have time.
- Can’t always see what is happening when you are doing it. Can’t predict significant moments.
Because of God’s grace, we have a place at the table. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we are significant. We have been invited to sit at the table. I am seated at the table!
We belong in the tribe of faith…Christ followers.
FOCUS on the TIME we are given!
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