Until I Proclaim
Pastor Quentin Beard & Sarah Doyle
This week we kicked off our series Until I Proclaim where we heard from our Sioux Falls Learning Center director Sarah Doyle as we talked about one of Sioux Falls First core values Next Gen Ministries.
The year was 1896 - an old man was lost in the Mojave Desert. He was dying of thirst. In the distance he saw an old shack. Staggering through the gate, he looked frantically for water. Instead, all he saw was an old rusty pump. He fell back in disappointment but then happened to see an old dusty jug sitting by itself in a corner. As he wiped away the dust off the jug, he saw a note taped to it that read “You must prime this pump with all the water that is in this jug. P.S. Be sure and fill the jug again before you leave for the next thirsty traveler.” He popped the cork and sure enough it was water. It was hot and stale, but it was water. So many things ran through his mind. He was dying of thirst. What if the pump didn’t prime? Would he lose the water? Could he just take a small drink of the water then use the rest? Reluctantly, he poured it all in. He pumped and pumped but nothing happened. His heart sank. As he turned to walk away, he saw a dribble of water. He grabbed the handle and pumped again and again. Then came a small stream-finally cool and clear water. He drank his fill, poured it over his head and then filled the jug. Before he put it back on the shelf in the corner, he added a note, “Believe me, it really works”.
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
When you think about the next generation what thoughts come to mind?
Who are the people that impacted your life the most in your early years and why?
How are you investing in the Next Generation?