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From Pastor David

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. –1 Timothy 4:12

I heard something on Sunday that is a great illustration of 1 Timothy 4:12—a story about one of our young people setting an example that should be an inspiration for all of us.  You need to hear this too.

After Sunday services were over and nearly everyone had left the building, Kristen Dauterman, our Children’s Ministry Team Lead, came by my office holding the “offering bucket” from children’s worship.  It still contained the offering the children gave that morning, offerings that go to support a selected mission work.  The bucket contained mostly coins and cash, but there was one noticeable envelope.  Kristen lifted the envelope out of the bucket so I could read the note written in pencil on the front:  “The tithe from [sale of] my 4-H animal.”

Wow!  Are you as impressed as I am with the level of faith and devotion that gift represents?  Chris and I visited the 4-H fair last month, and we watched some of the young people show their animals.  You have to admire the huge personal investment required to prepare those project animals.  There is much time, effort, and expense involved over a period of months.  It must be very difficult to keep emotional attachment in check and remember that the animal you have lavished so much care upon is destined to be sold at market. 

I wish I knew more about what led this child to give this tithe gift.  Is giving a tithe (10%) of income normal practice in this family?  Have there been family discussions about how God is our ultimate provider, and we honor him by giving a portion of every blessing?  Did this child make the decision to give based upon reading the Bible, or by lessons heard at Sunday school?  Maybe it was a combination of all the above.  In any case, the action demonstrates a maturity that would be a credit to any believer.

This story makes me want to pray.  How about you?

  • Thank God for a children’s ministry at FCC that promotes giving to God as an act of worship.
  • Thank God for parents who are teaching their children that God is the ultimate source of all that we have.  He deserves the first portion of all our increase.
  • Thank God for children who are capable of such pure faith and trust.  They inspire all of us.
    • Pray that such generous acts will bring joy and blessing to the ones giving as well as those receiving, and pray that such deeds may overflow in many thanksgivings to God (2 Corinthians 9:11-13).

See you Sunday!

Pastor David 

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