Posted: October 9, 2017 by Nate Ferguson, Lead Pastor
Do you remember your parents telling you that time goes by pretty fast? It’s hard to believe when you’re young, but it’s true. It’s goes so fast and seems to speed up the older you get!
This past week I took my oldest son, Kaden, on a father/son senior trip. Yep, he’s a senior. He’s 17 years old. Where did the time go?
I remember the first meeting I had with a trusted mentor before we planted the church in 2004. I had all kinds of 5 year plans and strategies I wanted to run by him. We sat down and the first thing he said to me was…
“Nate, the most important thing in your life is your wife and your 2 boys.”
At the time Kaden was 4 and my younger son, Carder, was 2. This mentor took about 10 minutes to share about his family and asked me to share about mine for an additional 10-15 minutes. It was a life altering conversation! Yes, I did get around to asking a few church questions, but I have no idea what they were and how he answered. All I remember, and have tried to live out this day is to honor my family and my kids.
Our kids grew up in a church plant. That meant they had to set up, tear down, serve in Kid Village, and do whatever else necessary to make the church work. It was kind of volunteer, but mostly you get to do this because your dad is the pastor. 😊
Now it’s 13 years later and here we are on my son’s senior trip. In just a few months Kaden will be graduating and going off to college. The experience he’s had for all his life has been at The Village Christian Church. Many people helped to shape him, and for each of you I am eternally grateful. I’m so thankful that my very first meeting was with the right person who simply gave me the best advice I could have ever received.
Guess what? No matter what your job, or stage of life, if you have kids, their spiritual journey needs to be your priority. The absolute most important thing! Whatever you need to do to make that the priority, don’t hesitate. Make it the priority right now and every day after.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6