You and I have the most important job in the world.

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I’m going to be honest with you.  It’s still really hard for me to believe that Donald Trump is the President-Elect of the United States of America.  I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about this lately.  I’ve also been wondering what might be going through Donald, Melania, and their kids’ minds.  I’m sure it’s an overwhelming task to take over leadership of the free world.

I guess one could argue that POTUS is the most important job in the world.  It has certainly put a lot of wear and tear on everyone who has served in the office.  It’s always amazing to me to see the Presidents physically age during their time in office.

Another responsibility that puts a lot of wear and tear on a person is being a parent.  Can I get an Amen?  In fact, I would argue that it is the most important job in the world, and one of our highest callings in life.  This Sunday at Graystone Church we will have dozens of parents stand on stage and dedicate their children to the Lord.  Each parent will publicly thank God for his/her child and commit to raising their child in the church and in a Christian home.  This is a HUGE personal and public commitment, and I am super proud of each of these parents.

This Sunday will also be special for all of us who call Graystone our church home.  First, for those of us who are parents, the Parent Child Dedication is a reminder to us of the decision we made when we dedicated our children to the Lord.  It’s a opportunity for each parent to recommit and rededicate our lives to one of our highest callings.  Secondly, it’s a big Sunday for each member of Graystone who will stand and commit to helping these parents raise their kids to know God and make God known.  We all have an important role to play.

Some of us will hold these babies in the nursery and teach them about Jesus in the elementary classes.  Others of us will lead their middle school or high school small groups.  And all of us will commit to pray for them and serve as models and examples for them to follow.  You may not realize this but our middle school and high school kids are watching us.  They know who the pastors, elders and ushers are.  They know who the small group leaders are.   They know who goes on the mission trips.  They know who the foster parents are.  They know how often someone comes to church or doesn’t come to church.  They know who displays good character at the ball park.  Our kids are pretty observant.

So, I hope the Parent Child Dedication service this Sunday will be a special one for EVERYONE.  Let’s not simply go through the motions. Let’s truly DEDICATE these children to the Lord and commit to doing our part to see them grow up to become godly men and women.

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