David Ruis National Director Mar 25, 2021, 2:42 AM Let's Reach Moderator Occasional Poster Posts: 25 Church: Kelowna Vineyard Location: Kelowna, BC Psalm 127 – The MessageThis has long been one of my favorite Psalms. It cuts deep against the grain of how wetypically are wired to define and attain success and impact. Living in a North American milieuonly seems to heighten how far we can stray from the simplicity, dependence and legacy thatGod intends to shape our lives, and that Solomon here reminds us of.There is much to mine from such a deep vein of gold, but for our purposes here I'll focus onthe last half of the Psalmist reflection. In the immediate context, the writer is certainly talkingabout family, and that of the most immediate sense, but I think it's fair to the text to say that itcan speak to how we posture ourselves in general towards the generations that are in ourwake and the importance of legacy. The type of legacy spoken of here is something deeplywoven into the Hebraic and more Eastern worldview, but something certainly lacking in ourmore Euro-Western thinking. For much of our culture, legacy is rarely seen as relational andabout family, but rather that of personal impact (hence our proverbial mid-life crises), ourimpressive work ethic and entrepreneurial prowess, monetary sustainability and security. Yetall these things are thrown topsy turvy in this Psalm. Wisdom from above seems to be on acollision course with our earthy perspectives of stewardship, hard work and inheritance.As we look to our future as Vineyard Canada, our reach as it were, to be in sync with God'sdesign for impact and sustainability, we must engage, be attentive to, and release theemerging generations. They are the Lord's "generous legacy" to us, and in turn to be thelegacy we leave Canada and the world. Not only is there future heritage here, but a presentand future security. A strength. There is inherent safety in a community, a family, that is notobsessed with its own momentary success, but that is reaching for a sustainable, peaceableand fruitful future for its children. With our attention off ourselves, our own ministries, and ourimpact, we can recognize that our safety and strength will actually be in the hands of thosewho follow after us. They will be our reputation. They will be our riches. How many of us havefallen losing sight of this? Issues of character, morality and platform have crippled the mostanointed among us as they lost sight of this type of relational, long range thinking. Thecourage and wisdom to finish well. To think of the next generation, not just their immediateimpact. It is this reach, this focus, that will be our defense and reputation into the future, andthe reason that our detractors won't have anything they can hold against us.The challenge seems clear. Will we make room? Will we let go? We will walk alongside, evenfollow when necessary, and simply serve?It is not untypical of God's gifts that first they are liabilities, or at least responsibilities, beforethey become obvious assets. The greater their promise, the more likely that these children willbe a handful before they are a quiverful.1 As we look to the younger among us who are emerging in our movement, we must makespace, now. We must take risks. We must be present and available. We must leverage ourexperience, wisdom and service to see them succeed and fly farther than we could've everdreamed. Arrows launched from our support, love and equipping.This is our present. This is our future. This is our strength. This is our legacy. A quiver full ofthe emerging generations.Let's reach. 1 Kidner, D. (1975). Psalms 73–150: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 16, p. 478). DownersGrove, IL: InterVarsity Press.