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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. Jen,
    The best answer I can give is, “I’m trying.” By helping to raise up a generation of children in the Middle East to love Christ is my way of passing the baton that says, “Love others the way you love yourself.” Whether it’s here of there…our precious innocents NEED to hear this message while they are young. It is up to us to train up the next generation and the one after that as well. I love the image of focus on the passing of the baton. Too much is at stake if we drop it…
    Blessings and thanks for a thought provoking post,

  2. Such good words. I am at the other end of parenting, dealing with diapers and teething. Even there, the awesome responsibility of training and raising up the next generation strikes me. I see how much they have to learn, and what a short period of time we as believers have to teach it. Yet I know God is faithful, and I am thankful he has placed good teachers in my life who have been through these seasons of parenting.

    • How wonderful that you have others journeying along besides you. It makes all the difference when we reach those patches where we just don’t know what to do next. 🙂 xoxo

  3. Jen,

    Your message took me back to the time when my relay team came in second place. My Coach was determined it was because I didn’t run fast enough. I admit it was a burden to carry for awhile but it also helped me. I know I need to stay focused on the Coach that really matters. He who is rooting for me, does not lay blame and catches me when I fall. Yes I’ll pass the baton on, hopefully I don’t drop it.

    Thank-you for sharing your inspiration with us today…..

    Happy New Year!


    • Isn’t it something how certain memories like that come back? Yes, so thankful for the coach who never gives up on us. xoxox

  4. Jennifer,
    This is such a powerful reminder of the importance of ministering to our youth. If we don’t teach them then who will? If they aren’t influenced by us then what other things might they be influenced by that could really hurt them in life and start vicious cycles.

    I loved this!

    • Exactly, Lovelle!! And this reminder is true not just for our youth, but new believers as well. It’s so easy to give milk, but never go deep with the meat and truth. 🙂 oxox

  5. Thank you Dawn for these powerful words. I currently attend a multi-generational church and we have felt lately the pull to share our stories and encourage and equip each passing generation because there is no greater gift. I am chewing on your words and how I, as a parent and a part of the body, pass the baton. Thanks again!

  6. Jen, What a well written post! It makes me think about how we often pass batons – silently and unintentionally through our example. Sometimes those examples are good (thank God) but sometimes not-so-much-so. As always, Jesus calls us to be like Him. Paul says what we learned and saw in him – do. Do. We need to live from our relationship with Jesus so that the batons we pass are the ones we want carried. Whether we be like a Marcus Aurelius (a noble leader) who goes on to have one of the most corrupt leaders ever as a son, isn’t our business. Our business is our leg of the race and how we hand off the batons we have been given. You have sparked trains of thought for me. I love that. Gems. Thank you!