Given that one of our family’s favourite childhood movies was Pixar’s ‘Cars’, I was looking forward to watching the third movie in this series.
Even though it’s targeted at younger kids, the Pixar special sauce produced some terrific entertainment for older kids like me.
As the movie progressed, it was clear that it was a story designed to resonate strongly with older parents and grandparents.
Without spoiling the plot, the underlying message is about passing on the baton from the oldies to the next generation.
Lightning McQueen is no longer able to compete against the rookies, with their new technology and bulletproof confidence.
So, as his midlife crisis unfolds, he is given an insight into the often-hidden pleasure of those who are forced to deal with the realities of losing the ‘competitive edge’.
This is the pleasure of investing in the next generation, and experiencing their ‘wins’ as our own.
McQueen sees this as he discovers the delight that he himself brought to his mentor, Doc Hudson, who vicariously experienced the triumphs of his younger subject.
This is a timely reminder about the importance and pleasure of intergenerational ministry.
Those who are older can delight in mentoring and discipling the younger people in our church.
Furthermore, our elders can be enriched as we identify, recruit, train and encourage the next generation of leaders within our ministries.
Passing on the baton may involve some initial grief, but it will transform to a lifetime of joyful partnership with the next generation of leaders.
And then we will be able to follow the example that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy:
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2)
This weekend, Jodie concludes the mini-series called ‘The gospel at GAFCON’, with the last talk titled ‘The gospel demands repentance’ from Matthew chapter 18 verses 6 to 20.
At our 5pm Saturday service, we will have an update on our ‘Serve Teams’ (the new name for our Bible Study groups). We will also have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion Second Order AAPB service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards. Our youth group ‘Alive’ is taking a break for the holidays, but will return next week.. Or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.
See you at 5pm this Saturday or 8am this Sunday, God willing!