My heart almost aches with how much I hope that my children never do. We had a guest speaker come to our church last Sunday to speak about missions. Tod Ahrend. He was AMAZING. I grew up as a missionary kid and this sermon was the best I have ever heard on missions. I don't know that you could away unchanged after that message. One of the things that got to me the most was him talking about his wife putting their year and a half old daughter to bed and having family devotion time with her first. He gave us a glimpse into what the prayer time looked like. That 'glimpse' was an impassioned prayer "the world is waiting for you' the mother prayed about her daughter. She prayed that her daughter would 'fall in love' with muslim women and be willing to 'live behind the veil' in order to reach them. How many of us would be 'willing' to see our children go off and do that? Let alone be praying for them since BIRTH that that would be the life that they would choose because reaching people for the Lord is THAT important? I can tell you that my prayers for Kaity HAVE changed since hearing that sermon. In complete honestly I can tell you that I am not nearly ready to pray that her life would lead her 'behind the veil'. Maybe someday I'll get there, she may get there without me. But I have prayed every day since October 19th that she would have a passion for winning souls for Christ and telling them about God. I'd really like to think that this morning was God's way of telling me He's hearing my prayers.
Here is a link to a youtube video of Tod Ahrend. It's not the message he gave at HGC but it's still powerful and still shows his passion.