Planting Seeds of Vision
Now as I grow old and my hair turns gray,
I ask that You not abandon me, O God.
Allow me to share with the generation to come
about Your power;
Let me speak about Your strength and wonders
to all those yet to be born. (Psalm 71:18 The Voice)
I heard this Scripture referenced by Pastor Oscar Muriu at the Global Leadership Summit on Friday (August 9, 2013). He is an amazing gentleman who has pastored his chapel and enriched the lives of next-generation pastors and other leaders for 20 years.
The seed of this passage in Psalms sunk deeply into my heart; its tendrils sprouted and spread and became fluid. They ran throughout my veins, became molten and reignited my passion for the work God has bestowed upon me, the gift He has given me, the vision the Holy Spirit has turned into an inviolable value of words on a page.
Sitting in the Summit, I was once again awakened to why I rely on the Spirit’s leading to write Branches, why I pray that one day it will be published, why I see the vision of families and teachers and children pouring over its daily lessons, why I put my vision into action every day, and why this passion burns inside me.
My passion is to
- Build a God-honoring culture. (Bill Hybels)
- Implant in children the knowledge that God knows them and they matter. (Patrick Lencioni)
- Raise His kingdom by helping children to identify and build their Spirit-given talents. (Liz Wiseman)
- Show children that God-honoring behavior feels great and is fun to do. (Joseph Grenny)
- Convince children that even though keeping an open heart is scary, it’s the most courageous way to keep our most powerful love connection with God. (Brené Brown)
- Teach children there is hope for them through the promise of God (Jeremiah 29:11) – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Henry Cloud)
The name Branches comes from Jesus in John 15:5 – “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing.”
My blessing has been to abide in Him while writing this curriculum for the last three years. Sometimes it has been easy as the Spirit’s words flow through me. Sometimes it has been difficult as opposition and doubt form an alliance to exert the gravitational force of a spherical boulder rolling downhill to hurl me off the trajectory and focus God has set before me.
Yet, just as I know with the confidence of my whole being that He exists; just as I know down to my core that He created me from each hair on my head to every curve of my toes; I know with absolute certainty that He told me not to fear. He told me to wait upon Him. He told me that He has plans for me. He breathes life into my body. He fills my heart with love. He is the living water that quenches my thirst. He has handed me this task.
So I continue to press on, to write, to share His strength, His power, His wonder – but most of all, His love with those next in line to His inheritance.
It is my fervent and humble hope that Branches helps these new heirs to flourish.