Finishing Strong!!!! Part 1 of 5

Today, I am sharing Part 1 of 5 post that comes from a dialogue through email, FaceTime and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. The reason this dialogue took place in person, email and FaceTime is that we live nineteen hours away from each other and it was a progressive conversation over several weeks that was healthy for me and Jody.  My intent in sharing this dialogue is that it might be used by God to encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter to keep the doors of communication open. I do have Jody’s permission to share this series of articles.

Today I am sharing part one of our dialogue.

The following is an inside view of a dialogue through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. My intent in sharing is that I hope it may encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter.

This past Spring my youngest son Jody and I took time to visit and write about finishing strong. You see, at that time he was one year away from graduation at Liberty University. It is often said you will be remembered more by how you finish than how you start. I knew we were on the eve of Jody completing his third year at Liberty and thought this would be a good time to encourage him how the next twelve months have the potential to shape the rest of his life.

I challenged Jody in five areas to finish stronger at Liberty University.

The first area that Jody and I discussed was in his personal walk with Jesus.

I told him how grateful I am that he has a personal relationship with Jesus and that it seem like only yesterday that we stopped on Interstate 65 heading southbound

at mile marker 43 where he personally invited Jesus into his life. I challenged him that he has an opportunity to intentionally prepare and mature in his personal walk with Jesus during his senior year that would launch him into the next season of his life.

We spoke of some specific actions including his private time with God and public times of service and disciplemaking. We also spoke of those opportunities God orchestrates like divine appointments, and he needed to be in tune with God so he would not miss those appointments.

Today’s Take-Away for you to consider:

1. Accountability as a Christian is a must!

The Bible says God holds us accountable. Romans 14:12

A Christian is accountable to one another. 1 Corinthians 12

We must not see accountability as our enemy or a way to ambush someone. I see accountability as a backstop in life that supports and protects us from being found in an appearance of evil.

You might have read this and say well that works for them because the father and son both identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. So, what if a parent or child, teenager or young adult is without Christ what can I do to begin a conversation with them about Jesus. The very first thing I would do is pray for God to open a door for such an opportunity. We often try to go and do matters that are important with God without ever consulting Him.  Second, I would go to that person not with the intent to harm, but to share with them how much Jesus means to you. Let this be a personal time of sharing the story of Jesus and what God is doing in your life. Third, I would follow-up with that person and see how they are handling the conversation. Fourth, do not give up! Keep Praying and Asking God to bring that person to Salvation.

I hope you will take time to read and share your feedback with me by leaving comments at www.jayjohnston.org

I will post part 2 tomorrow. In closing, would you join in praying for family members who need a personal relationship with Jesus. I also ask you join me in praying for the preparations  and evacuation procedures taking place along the US Gulf Coast because of Issac.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay

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