Archive for May, 2012

Young Abrahams

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

Cheryl and I are just back from a family wedding near Mickey and Minnie. We had a great reunion and a very special worship opportunity at the ceremony. At the first class reception, our nephew-now-groom and his twenty-something friends celebrated with an appropriately joyous and raucous time. Most Boomers like me ate everything we could find, swapped old stories, and waited to meet the bride. (We found her wonderfully gracious, stunning, and an outspoken lover of Jesus.)

My brother-in-law and I had a moment together toward the end of the reception. This once-pesky younger brother of my wife now greets me with a hug and calls me “brother.” He humorously noted the young adults were amassed together but the two of us were alone. We lamented they were sticking together and not seeking gray-heads like us.

We concluded that now we are crusty and infinitely wise, so they should be lined up to seek us out. There is truth to this, but it’s not the entire biblical pattern. Godly young adults do honor codgers. The bride’s father (and officiating pastor) reminisced how he will miss his daughter coming into the room and asking if they could talk about theology when he wanted to watch ball games. How cool is that?! Not long ago, the groom-nephew set aside a day to hike and talk with a genuine near-elder—me. And, his sister sent me a note ahead of the wedding and demanded we have a date! We squeezed out a long hot Florida walk, talk, and prayer.

These Godly young adults are in transition to unknown places and worlds. They don’t plan to live in Cinderella’s Castle. They use words like “mission.” They ooze with joy and depth when talking about the gospel. The new couple, for instance, designated monetary gifts for an adoption fund so they can adopt a child someday, and they’re talking about missionary service. My Christlike daughters and their husbands talk and live this way, too.

They all unashamedly trust Christ to point the way. Their forsaking-all-I-trust-Him life is deeper than youthful idealism. “Let no one despise your youth,” said The Apostle, remember?

We dare not dismiss the faith of these young disciples. They, too, are seeking to follow Jesus well and to finish strong. We want them to make solid plans, be financially savvy, pursue the American dream, get a job—mostly good things. Some are Godly things. They are focused on the call to trust God and willingness to follow His lead knowing this—alone—has a real future, i.e., inheritance. Even if, like Abraham, there is no roadmap.

It’s hard on Moms and Dads, isn’t it? But the way for young Abrahams is the way for codgers, too.

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