Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Preach It, Son

As my son Peter matures, God's plan for his life becomes clearer to all of us. The unfolding of this purpose is beautiful to behold. As mothers, it should be our goal to stand back, listen and watch, and wait for God to reveal his purpose. If we are expectant, not trying to live through our children, but merely enjoying them as gifts from God, we'll be working with the Lord, not against Him.

It became clear over the last year that Peter is both an evangelist and a discipler. Today, God added another dimension to our consciousness--preaching.

Asked to respond to literature, the question was posed to Peter: Is it better to have a dream that might not come true, than to have no dream at all?

His answer? It became a sermon and he spoke in verses. My son Paul and I were pleasantly surprised at the authority inherent in Peter's musings, as he discussed his ideas beforehand. He proclaimed Christ, boldly.

His short essay needs work: more clarity and fleshing out of ideas, which is true of almost all student writers. Early in their writing "careers", students focus too much on impressive-sounding language, and not enough on clarity and flow of thought. That said, this piece surprised and delighted me for other reasons.

Persuasive Writing Sample:

I think it's better to have a dream which might not come true, than to have no dream at all. Here I'll provide two reasons for my opinion.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God gives us our life--our future and our hope and with that, our dreams. Our dreams are dependent on God's help, so when we have a dream, we are reminded that God is in control; we need to trust in him to provide for our dream.

There is not much to life except trusting in God. We need God; in fact, all life is based on God and his Son. 1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Furthermore, we should have a dream because it gives us something to work toward early in life. We do not want to waste our life. We want to live for Him, doing the work he has for us, for his glory.

1 comment:

Tesha Papik said...

Oh it is a delight to witness our children becoming the people God created them to be. I am sure that Jesus has big plans for you Peter!