Pouring Into the Next Generation

Oct. 27, 2021

Scripture Readings

When I was new to Foothills and beginning to serve on the women’s leadership team, I had the privilege of meeting with that group of godly women who poured into my life with wise counsel. Sitting around that table once a month, listening to how they lived their lives and interacted with their families as we shared prayer requests for our ministries and our personal lives…that was wisdom beyond anything I had ever experienced. I didn’t grow up listening to my mom, aunts or grandmothers talking about family life in relation to God and our faith--at least, not like I experienced in those meetings. I doubt the women around that table really know the impact they had on my life. Some of them are your mothers, or mothers-in-law, and you are so blessed to call them that. I am blessed to call them friends and mentors.

I have always loved today’s passage from the book of Titus, perhaps because I had such an extraordinary experience while I was seeking to learn what it meant to walk with Jesus. Paul’s letter gives wisdom on how to mentor the younger generation, to teach self-discipline and love. He says in vs 7&8, “In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech.” Things like that can’t be taught in books. That is the stuff you learn by observation and doing life with someone, like I learned around that table. These women have given me such gifts by sharing how they lived their lives, through their heartbreak and real-life struggles, their joys and triumphs. God created us to live in community, to learn from one another and share the ups and downs on this journey of life. Paul goes on to say the grace of God “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (vs 12). Doesn’t that sound like something to aspire to?

I hope and pray that I can be half the mentor and friend to others these women were to me. I believe it is important to speak into the women and men following in our footsteps. Do you speak into the lives of those younger than you? Maybe that is something you can focus on for your last push of 2021. Whose life can you make the effort to speak into today?

Dwyla Friend