Imagine you’re a parent. You have spent your life teaching your children how to be wise, how to be responsible, and how to care for others, but now you are reading an email from your daughter who is one year into a new business endeavor. Just six months ago you recall taking her to a celebration dinner and listening to her bubble-over with joy, telling stories about her company’s early success, its unique vision, and her hopes. But now you’re hunched over your laptop feeling her heartbreak and bitterness because her business partner is leaving to start a competing company and some of her best employees are leaving too. The betrayal is eating away at her mind, emotion, and spirit. Her email reads like a hurricane; thoughts of revenge, questions of changing her currently successful strategy to follow the soon-to-be competitor, and even ideas of quitting altogether crash like waves into each other. You move your schedule around so you can be with her, in her presence, but as you are on your way, the question haunting you is, “how do I encourage my daughter?”
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
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Isaac Serrano is Lead Teaching Pastor of South Valley Community Church. He likes talking theology, history, and culture. Isaac lives in Gilroy with his family. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project and the school board of Pacific Point Christian Schools.