Friday, April 11, 2008

Generations

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A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of leading worship at my church with both of my sons playing in our band. While I played the keyboard, my older son played lead guitar and my younger son was on the drums. For me, it was huge.

There have been other times that my sons and I have played music together, but for some reason this time was special. Maybe it was the fact that as I get older I "reflect" more. Or maybe it was watching them "groove" together on the songs (some that I wrote). For whatever reason, I looked over at them as we played and was proud. Proud that they were participating with me in an eternal pursuit, and proud that they were carrying on a passion of mine.

All of us instill something in our children. Sometimes it's the same negative attitudes and habits that we carry. But most of the time its the good things about our lives - the things that we want to pass down as our legacy.

I constantly encourage my children to be more than they think they can be, to dream big, and to create extravagantly. When they have children, I want them to instill the same values and passions that I have sought to instill into them.

One day when they do have children, I hope they play music and lead worship with their kids. Or even better, I want to experience playing music and leading worship with my children and their children. Now that would be cool!

Question: What can you do to instill greatness and encourage your children to dream? What are your next steps? Share your thoughts below in comments.

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3 comments:

Andy Rogers said...

I agree, it is a sublime pleasure to have your kids on team. I got to do this recently with my eldest daughter.

It is also an example of one way of fulfilling the call to develop the next generation just like the first musician in Gen 4:21 Jubal was the "FATHER of all who play harp and flute"

It's our job to reproduce ourselves.

BTW it looks like I may be back in Maryland to do a live recording in Westminster in July (and I'll get to have my daughter sing with me too!).

I'll keep you posted on that.

Cheers - Andy

Brad Lewis said...

Andy-
Thanks for the words. II Timothy 2:2 reminds us about the process of generational reproduction. When it's our kids, it's special!

It will be great to see you again if you make it here in July. Westminster is just up the road from us. Do keep me posted!

-Brad

Sophia Emmanuel said...

Hey Pastor Brad! Yes, I have finally decided to venture into the world of blogging. I am quite excited about your trip to India. Continue to be the blessing that you are to many! God Bless :)