A relay team is made up of 4 people. Now, to get it round the track each man must run well and then get ready to hand it over to the next man. Failure to hand it over can have huge consequences for the future generation.
In the grand scheme of things, we have heard the saying ‘life is not race, it’s a journey’. This is one of the greatest things that will set someone free as they will be able to see that when the time is correct, they will enter the door which shall be open for them.
However, there comes a time where we have to prepare the next generation to get ready to take over you. It’s wise to pour out what you have and know into the next generation rather than keep it locked up.
Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 “Therefore you shall lay up these My words in your [minds and] hearts and in your [entire] being, and bind them for a sign upon your hands and as forehead bands between your eyes. And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates, That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
When I think of passing on the baton, it reminds me of the time that Jesus told his disciples that it’s best he went away, this is so that they can put into practice what they know. At the same time, Jesus imparted into them all the knowledge and wisdom that he has.
In order for the next generation to be well equipped for the task at hand, they need vision. They need vision to see when their time is about to start. As much as it’s our duty to prepare, it’s their responsibility to take in what they’ve learnt.
Know when to stop, know when to slow down, know when to pass the baton. Don’t let it fall in your hands.