Sunday I had the honor of baptizing my two sons, Ethan and Eli. I spoke briefly during the baptism about how proud Kari and I were to be able to baptize our children into the church. I spoke of how I was aware that we as parents didn’t get to this point with our children completely by ourselves. We relied on the church family both at Southern Hills Christian Church and the greater church to help guide, teach, and lead our boys to a personal relationship with Christ.
The boys have had the fortune of growing up in the church, spending many summers at Woodland Christian Camp, going on several mission trips to Nicaragua, and spending years at Southern Hills in our All Stars, 456, and Fusion programs. All along the way, they have had caring adults pouring into them. Ethan has experienced immeasurable growth during his time with his current small group. His leader Mike Jacquinot has connected with him in ways I never could, even as his father.
I didn’t know when I was baptizing the boys and sharing all this, minutes later I would hear a sermon from Heath Neal so effectively teaching on Ephesians 4:1-16.
These verses talk about the church, comparing the church family to the human body. Like the physical body, we are many parts of the same church body, each fulfilling its own purpose. I was moved when sitting through the service contemplating about the special day we were having as a family, for both my spouse and kids and the church. I reflected on how as good as I may be at some things, I’m not good at all things. And God has put people, programs, and places in our path to pour into my wife and my boys and even myself in ways that I never could.
I’m glad that God doesn’t expect everything from me. Everything doesn’t fall on my shoulders, we carry it together. I’m glad that God has put us in a church family that loves and cares for us and provides us with opportunities to love and care for other members the way others have done so for my family throughout the years. I am glad that God uses every part of the body.