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MAY ALL WHO COME BEHIND US FIND US FAITHFUL




28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Proverbs 22:28





One of of my favorite songs growing up as a child was Find us Faithful. The song continues to remind us that there are life lessons that we have learned from those who have gone before us and life lessons that we will pass onto those who follow. These lessons are steeped in time and tradition and even though times may change, some of the foundational lessons have passed on from generation to generation. I still remember things that were taught to me by my dad that at the time did not seem to be too important, but now that I am a father, I have realized the value of his words. Are there lessons that you have learned that maybe in the moment you thought were not really pertaining to your life and then one day realize the value of the lesson? It is amazing to look through the teachings of those that have gone before us and realize that the context of the world may have changed, but the foundational lessons like Love God, Love People still pertains to today.

See as we continue to grow stronger in our faith, we continue to see the value of the lessons that we were taught as children in Sunday school. but today I also want to share with you an exert from Robert Fulghum's Book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. "Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really

knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup—they all die. So do we. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned—the biggest word of all—LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all—the whole world—had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are—when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together."

I know that was long, but I hope and pray that you were able to understand the meaning behind the words. We have been set on this journey in life with a book of instructions that has been passed down from generation to generation. In these words, we see the those who have gone before us in faith as a living example of what we are to do in life. We learned from both their victories and their defeats. Solomon realized the importance of the life lessons of the elders and recognized the fact that they had gone before them and cleared a path for others to follow. They had set up boundaries to help us see where we might stumble or fall and gave us insight in how we could live our lives in such a way that would honor God. I know that many times we feel as though we have to reinvent the wheel, but the reality is that we don't reinvent the wheel... we must make innovations to the wheel so that it will be more efficient and pass on to the next generation to do the same. As we look into the upcoming elections, we see just how out of whack we really have gotten. Both sides have truly lost sight of the goals that the Founding Father's had established and have pushed us to a time in history to where we find ourselves lost, confused, frustrated and searching because there has to be something more out there right. We realize that the church needs to reestablish the teaching of God's instructions into the world in hopes of having any opportunity to return to a time of peace and growth in our land.

By moving the boundaries, we have reestablished our limits and really caused ourselves to question what right and wrong even looks like anymore. My true question for today is this, if we are unable to reestablish our boundaries, what will the world look like for those who come behind us? As with every generation, we are challenged to stand up to the culture of the day and equip and educate them on the life lessons of Jesus. Solomon was very mindful of this and these words, although few in number, speak volumes to the condition of the world today. I am hoping and praying that it is not too late. I believe that we have truly lost our vision and direction and pray that we can get back to the foundational principles that we have learned since we were children. I love the life lessons in Fughlum's book and I hope and pray that those who come behind us find us faithful. I pray that they are able to see how we were able to handle the current situation of unrest and strife and watch how we infused God's message of love, grace and mercy into the situation. We are not the first ones that has

gone through a war, struggle, pandemic, or complete fall of a nation, but we MUST take the time to allow the world to see that we were founding on the WORDS and LESSONS of the Holy Scriptures and help others to see the next steps to return us a time where we truly depend on God to lead us. Today, I am going a little old school in our song which is called Find us Faithful by Steve Green. Please listen to the words and realize that it is our calling to go out and help reestablish God's boundaries that Jesus died to establish. We are not alone and we will get through this, but we must continue to equip and prepare the foundations for those who are going to follow behind us. If not they will have to dig through the rubble and do it own their own, which has been done before, but I hope that we help to show this generation the power of prayer and dependence on God during the times of uncertainty. It is the model that those who went before us taught us through scripture... it is the model I watched in the life of my grandparents... it's the example I have seen in my parents... and I hope that it will be the model my generation teaches and equips for those who follow. It is not to late to correct our path, but we must be willing to step into the mess.



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