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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Intersections

By Scott Harrup
Apr. 21, 2013

“You look thoughtful, Dad. Is something wrong?”

Lindsay and I had enjoyed a Friday lunch together and were waiting at a stoplight as I drove her back to work.

“No, I was just thinking about that bank,” I said.

Diagonally, across the intersection, a local bank occupied a prominent corner. In a blur, my thoughts had hurtled back to 1984 when I moved to Springfield, Mo., to attend Evangel College as a sophomore. That bank became the depository for my meager funds as I looked for a job and plunged into a full semester of classes.

Flashing forward to 2013, I was sitting in our van with my daughter — who is now older than I was in 1984, is studying graphic design as a junior at Evangel University, and is working for a different bank just a few blocks farther south on that same street.

Where have all the years gone? Have I done all God expects of me with the young life entrusted to my care? What intersections await Lindsay as she completes college and prayerfully considers her own potential life-mate and family structure?

Have you asked similar questions? Whether or not you are a parent, you share the collective responsibility of your generation to mentor the next. That’s a sobering thought, and it should be.

But it should never be cause for exasperation or despair. Every God-given opportunity to intersect your life with a young person is a chance to shape that young man or woman for Christ, to point them away from your own mistakes and toward their greatest potential.

As you read Jeanne Mayo’s article, “The ‘Big Four,’” consider how you can be an influence of blessing for young people around you. Heath Adamson’s interview and Christina Quick’s article point to additional insights for positive intersections.

Perhaps Paul the apostle had such relational dynamics in focus when he called Timothy his “true son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2, NIV). Whom might you call a “true son” or “true daughter” in your faith journey?

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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