Wow. What a weekend!!! Vicky and I celebrated quite a bit of life change this weekend.
First we had our baptisms at South Shore Park here in the lovely Bay View Neighborhood of Milwaukee. It was encouraging to hear the stories of those getting baptized. When I doubt what we are doing sometimes I can go back to these stories. I know God is using Veritas as his tool to do what he wants to do.
Also we experienced quite a bit of life change at home. Caleb went from peeing in his diaper to peeing in the pobby. (He pronounces potty as pobby) I can’t believe how proud I am of him. He had some really rough moments but he came through in the end. Are we accident free? NO I caught him pooping in his cute little elmo underpants this morning.
The one thing I saw this weekend is that life change is hard. For Caleb it meant tears and holding his pee for an incredibly long time. It meant a massive shift for him from diapers to the pobby. To change a behavior he was comfortable with and was easier. It was harder to go in the potty and not in his pants. It was new for him. He had times of failure. He had times of success. We gave him grace and correction in his failures and encouragement and reward in his success. In the end the payoff will be greater then the trouble. Who wants to be fifteen years old having “accidents” in their pants?
For the people getting baptized it was about shifting from living for themselves to living for Jesus. They stood in the water and identified Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Also they declared that they have chosen to follow Jesus for the rest of their days. They will not be perfect but God will be there to give grace and correction when they fail. He will also send encouragement and reward along the way with their successes. There might be tears. It will be easier to live for themselves. In the end though the is the payoff of life lived on earth with purpose and in heaven with God for eternity is so much more worth it then the alternative.