|Nathan's home school graduation in 2006|
Within Jasmine Baucham's article, there was a reference to an article she had read by Dr. Anthony Bradley entitled, "The New Legalism: Missional, Radical, Narcissistic and Shamed". In his article (which is excellent and can be found at Acton Institute Power Blog, http://blog.acton.org/archives/53944-the-new-legalism-missional-radical-narcissistic-and-shamed.html), Dr. Bradley writes about the young people presently coming through the local church: "I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and young adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not be doing something unique and special. Today's millennial generation is being fed the message that if they don't do something extraordinary in this life, they are wasting their gifts and potential. The sad result is that many young adults feel ashamed if they "settle" into ordinary jobs, get married early, and start families, live in small towns, or as I Thessalonians 4:11 says, 'aspire to live quietly and to mind [their] affairs, and to work with their hands.' For too many millennials, their greatest fear in this life is being an ordinary person with a non-glamorous job, living in the suburbs, and having nothing spectacular to boast about."
As I read the article, the thought occurred to me that this is a problem not just for millennials but it is and has been the problem with each new generation of believers. When a man or woman first awaken to faith in Christ and surrender their life to His service, there is a fire within to "go out and save the world." The question that should be asked is how and where does God want me to go out and share the Gospel.
In referring back to the scripture which Dr. Bradley quoted in his article (I Thess. 4:11), the footnote in my "Reformation Study Bible" reads: "....the Thessalonians should be zealous for the honor that comes not through self-assertion, or an ostentatious show of personal greatness, but through humble, industrious, and unimpeachable behavior. This exhortation, pertinent to all Christians, had a particular urgency in Thessalonica where the Christians had already been falsely accused of sedition (Acts 17:6-9). By living lives that were respectable and unpretentious, the Christians were to allay any lingering suspicions." I love this explanation. Being a homemaker, a mother, a wife, a home school mother, a grandmother and presently, a blog writer are all the ministries which God has given to me. They are not unimportant or insignificant in the face of God. It is okay to lead an ordinary life in humility, loving and serving the Lord. God's calling is unique in each life. We should never think it is "one size fits all."
|Thanksgiving 2012...our ministry to family has grown.|