Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed they strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

I grew up in a Baptist church where the pastor was bold, and told it like it was! No sugar-coating or treading lightly. He often told us young people that most of us would not stay in church as adults, because we were only coming because our parents made us. It wasn’t in our own hearts to be there, in fact, some of us were rebelling inside about being at church. Ouch! I really liked church as a kid, but, in the spirit of being “real”, the main reason I liked it was because my friends were there. I loved to talk! 🙂 I remember thinking about his words about church in the car on the way home one night. I wondered to myself  if I would stay in church, or fall out? I wasn’t sure.

I have good news for my pastor and all of you! I stayed in church! And, I love going to church! Not because I get to talk to people, either. I really love the preaching of God’s Word. The difference in my feelings now compared to as an eight year old girl, is that I’m saved! I wasn’t even born again way back when. Another difference is maturity. I didn’t understand a lot of the verses and sermons that I heard as a child, but I do now! Well…most of them. 😉

My prayer now, as an adult, is that I would stay faithful to the Lord in all areas of my life: my Bible time, prayer time, church attendance, witnessing, serving in some area, until I die. I pray that I cling to the promises of God’s Word until I’ve shown God’s power to my children and the generation to come after me. 1 Cor. 10:12 reminds us that we should never assume we are standing strong in the faith. Just as soon as I think, “I’ll be faithful till the end, no problem!” I’ll find myself away from God, doing my own thing. Why? Because of pride! I want to stay faithful to the Lord, that’s my goal, but I know I can only do it with His help.

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