When I see ground being cleared, I always think about planting seed. It’s not that I’m much of a farmer, but I am fascinated with growth. It has always amazed me how God created everything out of nothing; how God created man out of dirt, and how God created woman out of Adam’s rib. So, although He didn’t need anything, He chose to use something to form His crowning climax of creation! As much care as God put into forming humans physically, we know that spiritually, “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV). What’s really humbling is that God has allowed us to participate in the growth and harvest process as well.
As you see dirt being moved around our campus at Mobberly, it’s not just about buildings – its about building lives – its about shaping the next generation! The latest soil moving in the back of our campus is to reap souls. Lord willing, by this summer we will see hundreds of children and families using the recreational field space through ministries like Upward football, soccer, and cheerleading. We are responsible for every ounce of soil God gives to us.
I’ve been a fan of Upward ministry for years as I’ve witnessed God use it to reach many young lives for Jesus! Even this year, I had the joy of coaching my own son’s Upward basketball team. The Lord placed 7 boys before me (and their families) so I could share Christ with them and make an impact on them for God’s glory. Sharing in the shaping of these boys, blessed my own life as well! When God invites us into the shaping process, there is great joy in the sowing and the reaping! It is my prayer that every opportunity God gives us to impact lives for Jesus is potentially the opportunity to literally shape the next generation for God’s glory. And as I’ll soon get to see personally, Thessalonika was where Christ’s early followers were “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). May God allow the generation that we are shaping, to do the same in their world!