Truths for Today:
Newsflash: I was interviewed on the November 2 broadcast of Christian Devotions Speak UP!.
Hear it here. The first 20 minutes of the show are an interview with
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Praise the LORD! Happy are those who fear the LORD. Yes, happy are those who delight in doing what he commands. 2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. Psalm 112:1-2
Earlier this month, I spent almost two weeks with Mary, my precious Mother-in-law, helping her pack up some things so she could come to Houston to live with us. As we sorted through papers and records of this and that, we came across wonderful pictures of loved ones who'd gone before us into the presence of God. Mary's parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles…so many who walked godly lives and who serve as valuable examples to me.
I spent hours transcribing letters that described their day-to-day lives with its joys and concerns—lives very different from our own, and yet so much the same. The fun of a church fellowship or Saturday night dance. Pride over a child's piano recital. Concerns over rain to water newly planted crops. Worries over sick children. Dreams about the future.
Blended in with every paragraph were expressions of faith in God's provision. They talked about how much they trusted in Him and even how eager they were for His return.
If you were to ask my great-grandmother or a great aunt I'm sure they would have said, "I'm a simple person and I'm sure my life won't have any significance in the generations to come." Would they know that their simple faith and love for God would be passed down from generation to generation? Would they realize that the children they loved would, in turn, love their own children and raise godly men and women? Did they look into the future and see great-grandchildren, even great-grandchildren who would be parents and nurses and teachers and ministers?
I returned home with these thoughts rumbling through my mind and, a few days later, I went on a tour of one of the oldest cemeteries in Houston. I listened to story after story of the men and women who had the vision to make Houston what it is today and the courage to make those dreams come true. Because of their vision, Houston is home to a world-class medical center that God uses to heal people from all over the world. Houston is a bustling port and an exciting city full of homes and schools and churches and shopping malls—all providing jobs for hundreds of thousands.
As I go about my days, do I recognize the impact of my life on the lives of those who will come after me? Do you? Our faith, our vision for tomorrow, our desire to raise godly children who will become godly men and women—the future will be richer because we have lived.
Your Father designed you as you are; He placed you in this time and place to serve Him in a way that no one can but you. He has a purpose for you—not only in the present but in the generations who will come after you. You are precious to Him and you are irreplaceable!