What's in a name...and the fish-tale of "Mr. Chris"

Ever wonder if you are making a difference? Two weeks ago, my family and I went to the local fair as a "night out."  We had a great time over-indulging in fair food, observing animals that we don't usually find in our suburban community and of course playing games!  To mark this occasion, we needed something to take home with us.  As we were speaking about this very thought...a gentleman came up to us and offered my oldest son a prize that he had won...a goldfish.

Some would say that this was a stroke of luck!   Yet a more seasoned parent's perspective would lead you to think otherwise of this "father-of-four's" kind gesture!  Either way, we accepted the gift and promptly gave our oldest son the task of naming his new pet.

He named him, "Mr. Chris."  On the surface, this may not seem significant.  But for my wife and I, this was deeply significant.  You see, Mr. Chris is one of our son's teachers at church.  At his age (2.5 years old)...naming a possession after something is the highest form of honor he can give.  Our son must think a lot of Mr. Chris to name his fish after him!

I say all of this today because if you're investing in a young life...YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.  Sometimes working with children, at any age, can seem thankless and fruitless.  This is a complete LIE.

One who invests in a child plants a seed of unlimited potential...and I love how God reminded our family of this through this silly example.

What are you doing to invest in someone younger?  How can you help raise up the next generation?  Know that this responsibility rests on all of our shoulders.


2 Timothy 2:1-2 says, "Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others."