If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
~ Native American Proverb
My husband, Danny, is the southeast region coordinator for EPA's Energy Star program. As such, he gives often gives energy-conservation presentations to businesses and schools which invite him.
This past week, he has the honor of visiting a state-of-the-art middle school on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina. The vast complex, which also houses elementary and high school students, sits in a lush valley surrounded on all sides by the majestic Great Smoky Mountains.
I get to accompany Danny on this trip. I am really pumped as I haven't attended one of his presentations in over two years. They are always informative and exciting, with lots of eye-catching visuals, humor, and stunning power points containing compelling music, entertaining movie clips, and unexpected sound effects.
The middle school is celebrating their recently concluded environmental projects. Danny's presentation focuses on their theme: "No act is too small, and no one is too small to act." He demonstrates throughout his talk all the simple ways everyone, down to the littlest child, can help save energy in the home.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are a tough audience. I know. I have taught this age group.
Many are already suffering from the I'm-too-cool-for-school syndrome. They would rather be caught dead than show genuine interest in some old guy who knows a lot about energy-saving.
But, like fish on a line, I watch as Danny adeptly reels them in. Involves them. Refers to the unique environment in which they live.
And, though he loses a few, he nets a fantastic catch.
Hopes he has planted a seed. Ideas that will be shared with family, friends, and community.
Prays these children will understand they are borrowing from their future children's world.
And, will choose to pay it forward.
Are you doing all you can to leave good gifts for your children?
Will you join me in prayer?
Let us ever remember, Father, that this good earth is Your creation. Let us tend it wisely for the sake of generations to come. Let us teach the young to be good stewards of all the gifts You give. Amen.
Psalms 106:1-18 or 106:19-48
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17