This past Sunday we had baptisms at church as part of the worship service. That's always a special time, but this was extra special as one of them was my youngest daughter. I've been blessed to baptize all three of my children at FBC Tishomingo. Each time has been moving and special for me, but this one felt a little bit different.
By no means is our work raising children done, or is ever really done, but I felt a sense of closure at her profession of faith. I have prayed regularly for their salvation, and to see the Lord work in their lives over the years has been beyond words. I sleep easier knowing that each of my children has professed faith in God, and the words of I John become more true to me every day. "I have no greater joy than to hear my children are walking in the truth."
What also makes it special is that I have been able to baptize all three of my daughters in this church. When we came here we had only two, ages 4 and 1. Now we have three, ages 15, 13, and 7. It's an incredible blessing for us to be in a church this long, as the national average for pastoral tenure is only 3 years or so. We love Tishomingo and it has become our home, and the only church that our daughters have known or remembered. More than a physical home, it has become their spiritual home, a place that has formed, shaped, and grown them. I'm so thankful for the Sunday School teachers, VBS workers, youth leaders, and church family that has poured into them.
I have no way of knowing what God has in store for us, let alone their future. But I'm beyond thankful that from now on First Baptist Tishomingo will always be remembered as a place where they confessed their need for Christ and were raise to walk in a newness of life.