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It's All One Story

by Ken Barnes  
9/16/2016 / Christian Living

Only the living can praise you as I do today.
Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next.
(Isaiah 38:19 NLT)

God is painting a vast mosaic, which depicts a magnificent story. You and I are a part of this picture. Though a tiny scene on this canvas, or a brief paragraph in the story, without them the narrative is incomplete. Those of my generation, the Baby Boomers, need to run the last leg of the race and pass off the baton in a fashion that tells the story of God's faithfulness to the emerging generation.

Why is it that we hear of rather prominent Christian leaders towards their lives losing their zeal? They become apathetic and sometimes even cynical. Is it because they have lost sight of the fact that their own little corner of the world is not the beginning or the end? The story of redemption runs through the pages of the Bible from the start to the finish. Each part of God's revelation builds on the previous one; it's all one story. Jesus told us in John 4: 36-38 that those who sow and those who reap must rejoice together because we get the same reward. Many in my generation may be transitioning to a consulting or supportive role. It may feel like that you have gone from a reaping back to a sowing mode. Can we get behind the next generation with the same zeal and enthusiasm, which we pursued our ministries? The answer to this question will reveal whether it was all about our plans rather than God's eternal purposes.

Let's run to the finish line, rejoicing that God is going to do even greater things for those who take our place. Remember, it's all one story.

I worked for seventeen years as a missionary with Youth With A Mission. My missionary work has taken me to Mexico, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Spain, and the Ukraine.I hold a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. [email protected]

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