The other morning, my alarm rang at 6:00 AM and I stumbled out to the kitchen like usual. I met Joshua in the kitchen and we exchanged our normal “morning”. He wakes up happy and sharp and ready to hit the ground running. I, on the other hand am usually waking up about the time I get out of the shower. Anyways…while we were standing in the kitchen that morning…Joshua’s phone buzzed. My mom sense immediately went into overdrive and I asked “Joshua, who is texting you at 6:00 AM?” He smiled up at me and said “Its ok mom. It’s just Josh Smith. He’s texting me to remind me to get up and spend time with Jesus.”
I went away from that conversation smiling, but it has challenged me since that point. My son and his best friend are quite the example for me and I imagine plenty of others. They are taking time daily to encourage each other to run towards Jesus. I do that a lot with students who I am investing in, but the challenge for me is to make that the norm. There is no bigger purpose or calling than to help and encourage people to run towards Jesus. I believe the thing that often spooks me from that calling is that in order for me to encourage others, I must be doing. The natural accountability is sometimes weighty. However, I know that the purpose and fulfilment that it provides is second to none. It’s actually worthy of a lifetime.