Monday, February 2, 2009

My Heritage

Their names are like a roll call in my mind of God's saints:

Rev. & Mrs. E.K. Himes of western Pennsylvania.

Rev. & Mrs. Tracy Crowder from sourthern Indiana.

They were my grandparents. And I was thinking of them this morning as I read Psalm 61:5...

For you have heard my vows, O God;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. (italics added)

I was thinking of them because for me, they are the major part of the heritage that was passed on through my parents.

I was thinking of them because their faithfulness to Jesus calls me to be faithful too.

I was thinking of them because the heritage I have received now calls us to pass it along to children God has given me and Tammi.

I was thinking of them because who I am as a man, as a father, as a husband, and as a pastor is largely as a result of that heritage.

I was thinking of them because their modeling the Christlike life for me inspires me as I ask God to allow the Spirit to work through me.

I was thinking of them as I invite you to either live up to the heritage you have been given (if you have been shown faithful examples of what it means to live for God)

OR start a Godly heritage of your own (if your family of origin didn't give you such a heritage).

The Psalmist's words at the end of this chapter are mine and I hope they are yours too:

...I will ever sing praise to your name
and fulfill my vows day after day (61:8).

May God help you TODAY to fulfill your vows to and live worthy of such a heritage.

Grace & peace

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