Read Psalm 145:1-21
Sixth grade. What a wild time it is to be in the preteen stage. It’s a time where everything’s changing, everyone’s awkward, no one understands, and all you want is to feel accepted.
This was the age that I began attending Grace Church and, honestly, it was a rough start. Not only was I awkward, but I didn’t know anyone and I felt so overwhelmed coming to this new place. After a few months of getting to know the leaders and making some friends, Grace slowly became a place that felt more like home.
My middle school and high school years were spent building community with a student Grace Group, going on mission trips, attending Kalahari, and serving with Grace Kids. I was ALL IN! I left Grace Students with a stirring in my heart to pursue a life of full-time ministry and, as I’ve chased that call, God has laid a beautiful path that led me back to the place that I had grown to love so dearly.
Today, I have the privilege of leading Merge and serving our 5th and 6th graders every Sunday – the same age that I was when I started attending! This is an age group that I absolutely love! I love their quirks, their hunger to learn, and their hearts for others! They challenge me to be better every day, and I love that I get to encourage them to be all in for Jesus!
The Church has the opportunity to lead the next generation to be ALL IN for the Gospel! Those of us who have experienced God’s goodness and grace now get to be the ones who pass it on to the generations that are rising up.
“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.” Psalm 145:5
As the Church, let’s choose to be all in! Let’s be ALL IN for praising God for who He is, ALL IN for committing to telling the next generation about Him, and ALL IN for intentionally knowing Him better!
Take time today to pray through Psalm 145 and ask God to reveal the areas of your life where you need to take the step to be ALL IN!