Bulletin Article
June 10, 2001

I Must Have Kids

By Doug Long

I Must Have Kids

Earlier this week I was driving down the road listening to NPR National Public Radio. Most of the time this radio station is not friendly to Christians, but on occasion they actually have a pretty good show. You can imagine how shocked I was when they replayed a speech by the valedictorian of a Christian college. In his speech he said that when he started college there, he wasn't a believer, but through his college experience he had become a strong believer in Jesus Christ. He gave credit to his classmates for being ambassadors of Christ. He then went on to talk about his father, he had a saying "I must have kids". He would say this when he would open the car door and see food mashed into the seat or the mess left behind. He said this when he would come home and see toys scattered, left in the wake of kids playing, According to his speech his father would say I must have kids, look at the kids, wink and smile. I can relate to this. Occasionally I get up in the middle of the night, and not wanting to wake anyone, I don't turn on any lights. On more than one occasion I have stepped on one of those little army men. OUCH!! Those things really hurt. I think to myself, I must have kids, then I limp the rest of the way into the kitchen, and try to remember to get what I was originally after. Taking this a little farther, I can say with out doubt that when I walk into a house I can tell if kids are living there. Kids leave their mark. It's automatic - they can't help it. Wherever they go they leave their mark, I am not talking about leaving destruction in their wake, but they leave their mark nevertheless. We as children of God should be leaving our mark as well, and this mark should be in the lives of those we come in contact with. Just like the young man I started writing about in this article. He started school as an unbeliever, but the Christians around him left their mark. His soul has been saved because of it. Jesus told us to leave our mark in Matthew 28:18-20

Matthew 28:18-20

18And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

Our love for God should compel us to leave our mark, II Corinthians 5:12-15 tells us that.

II Corinthians 5:12-15

12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

So be a kid and leave your mark!