Imagine: One day God invites you to take a walk. At the end of the trail, God opens a gate and you walk into heaven. No death, no pain, just whoosh! - and you're gone. Genesis 5:24 describes such an extraordinary walk. Take a moment to contemplate how a person like Enoch could live so intimately with God that the transition from earth to heaven was miniscule. Is it even possible for people like us to live that kind of life?
The wondrous answer is "YES!" if we continue to allow God to transform us. The beauty of what lies beneath us has been unseen for so long, we wonder if it could truly exist. Layer by layer, the old is peeled away. The new slowly emerges, refreshing us with its majesty. Everything of the past begins to fade from memory, as only a masterpiece is now evident. Our attitudes improve, our conversations become more positive. We treat our friends as valued children of God and our criticism of others turns into compassion.
Do you hunger for a more intimate relationship with God? Are you brave enough to lie beneath God's hand so that the master artist may continue to create and shape your life? Lie beneath God's hand, still at work, loving and leaning in to paint one more stroke to write one more word on this clay pot. God is the artist, the author, the composer of life!
Ask your teen...
How can you treat someone of another faith as Jesus would?
Challenge your teen...
Bare your soul to God and express your hunger to God for a more intimate, tangible, thriving relationship with Him.
Try a new way of living your faith courageously at school, at work, or at home. Does it take courage for you to wear Christian gear or jewelry? to be truly kind to someone others exclude or bully? to talk about your faith with peers, co-workers, or parents? Try really living your faith, knowing that whatever you try, God will be with you!
Father, continue to create and shape my life beneath your gentle and loving hands. Amen.