Children and grandchildren are a gift from the Lord.
Children and grandchildren are a gift from the Lord.
A young man was so eager to leave his parents that he started on a journey with just the bare necessities on his backpack.
He had all the essentials to survive since his parents had taught him how to survive well enough for him to endure the long road ahead of him. This young man started his journey and soon found a partner along the path he was traveling in. Both travelers were going in the same direction and found that they enjoyed each other’s company, so they decided to hike together.
Along the way, they encountered rough patches, and in the dark hours of the night, they would unexpectedly stumble over small rocks and pebbles on the road. They would have to stop and check their shoes and feet often. Sometimes one would have to be helped out in carrying their loaded backpacks or with other nuisances along the way. Yet, this couple kept traveling.
They met a very loving and wise man along the way who was walking with his flock of sheep. The man seemed to know everything about life and the dangers of being out here without the proper equipment.
He told them that he was going their way and would light their steps at night with his lamp as long and as far as they allowed him to travel with them. The young travelers loved the stories the wise man told. He was a shepherd and would wander near and far with his flocks. He knew all the roads and also the ones less traveled.
The shepherd told them stories of his flock and of the many times he would fend off wild animals and thieves who came at night to hurt his sheep. His lamp and staff were always by his side. The more they traveled with the Shepherd, the more they stopped noticing the rough patches on the road. One night the young man felt a horrible pain in his foot. He had not been watching his steps and hurt his ankle so bad that he told his fellow travelers that he would have to stop. The young man was about to quit his journey and tell his partner and the wise man to continue without him.
As soon as he said this, he felt the strong arms of the shepherd carrying him. He also saw his partner as she picked up all the baggage he had been collecting along their journey. They carried him and his equipment a long distance until he was able to heal.
The young man was forever grateful to both his friends as he was able to continue his travels with them. When his partner needed help, the young man was there to help her.
The couple didn’t realize that the wise man was always there for them and never seemed too tired of helping them. Even with the sheep he had to take care of, he never complained. Instead, he patiently walked with them to their destination.
The wise shepherd promised they would like their new home and sure enough, the place was incredible. Enough pastures for their own little flock they had picked up along the way. The land had a running river with the best water the couple had ever tasted. Their little flock would finally be safe. They decided to stop walking and settle in this perfect piece of land. They were even more joyful to find out that the shepherd owned all of this and was giving it to the couple and their little sheep. The shepherd would always be nearby in case they needed him.
They told him that they would regularly place an extra setting on their table for him to come and dine with them. He smiled and said to them that he would always have time to eat and talk with them. The young couple was finally ready to live their life together.
This journey I am in, has been such a wonderful blessing to me. I was able to do what I have been called to do, and that is to tell stories about God’s love, grace, and mercy. I started with short skits at church and went on to write plays while serving full-time.
I am a storyteller in a world which needs the Greatest Story to be told in a way that opens people’s hearts to its saving grace.
I am reminiscing about the promise I made to God for His incredible and loving gesture of allowing me to live after being diagnosed with kidney cancer. I am living in extra innings so I can continue on life’s journey until I finish what I have to for Him.
The doctors told me I was one of those people lucky enough to have survived this type of cancer because there are no symptoms or signs of the sickness until it is too late.
I told them like I let everyone who is willing to lend an ear that I am not lucky. Luck had nothing to do with! It was the miracle of knowing Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. God tells us that Christ bore my sins, He took my sickness upon Himself and healed me.
After being diagnosed with the hated ‘C’ word, my journey took a different turn. My world was turned upside down, and everything I thought I needed to do was changed in an instant.
Yet, for those that have struggled with some type of illness or loss, I can tell you that God is faithful. He is a God of refreshing. God never promises us a safe and pain-free life but gives us enough pebbles on the road to step on, so that we develop into what He has called us to be on our personal journey.
May you be like that young man who started walking on his journey with only one thing on his mind. To touch as many lives as possible, pointing them to the Shepherd that always walks along with us with His lamp to light the way…
There’s a story I have heard about a man who kept acquiring wealth…
He would stop at nothing to get more money into his bank and investment account. He was outstanding at buying something and selling it for three times it’s worth.
He came from a humble background growing up…
He married in his late thirties because he didn’t want his children going through tough times like he did. He worked hard during his twenties and very rarely socialized. Everyone knew him as the guy who would someday “make it” in life. But no one really knew him well enough to invite him anywhere.
He met a woman while doing business out-of-town. This woman quickly realized that she could live a life of luxury with this man. He was too busy to recognize that she was paying attention to him for his money. They married and had kids. He was too busy making money, and she was happy that he was not around since he always complained about her spending too much money on things she didn’t need. Years passed by, he would lavish her with expensive luxuries and vacations anywhere she wanted. As time went by, the more he was out, the more she would live her life on her own. His kids enjoyed the fine things that their father was providing.
Yet, he was a stranger to them. Soon, the kids went on to college. The wife was left alone and realized that she could do whatever she wanted. She was lonely and soon found someone else. After the divorce, the man became angry and made a vow never to marry. He continued working ungodly hours and hoarding more of his wealth. Time passed, kids got married and had their own children. They would invite him to all the important life events, he always had an excuse why he couldn’t go.
While working late at night, he grabbed his heart, it was excruciatingly painful. He reached for the phone and all he could tell the emergency operator was that he was having a heart attack. After a week in the hospital, he woke up, with no none at his bedside. There were tons of flowers and notes all over his hospital room from all his business clients and customers, but not one form any of his family members. Dejected, the man’s heart was broken. He died with no one at his side…
It has been said that a person is defined by the possessions he or she attains in this life. That the material wealth or things that a person has at the end is what determines their whether they have made it in life or not.
Are material things important? Only to sustain and protect a person. We all need housing, food, clothes and have necessities. We also need emergency funds just in case there is ever a life emergency like you lose your job or have a health issue that keeps you away from making money. But aside from this, the rest of what we call necessities are more of luxuries.
Make sure that the most valuable things in your life don’t grow up too soon and walk away from you. Make sure that the precious person whom you have promised to cherish in sickness and in health is still that, the beloved person who you said you wanted to spend the rest of your life with. Time comes and time goes…fast! Enjoy the journey.
Don’t get caught up in the stuff that doesn’t matter. Get caught up in the attention that you give to others. Especially your loved ones. They are the most cherished and valuable possessions a person has, Not the material stuff you can’t take with you. Leave your spouse and children a legacy of working hard, playing hard, enjoying hard, praying hard and worshipping God hard. All the rest is just added expenses… Expenses because at the end, what does it profit a man to have gained the whole world and lose his soul? Or his family?
If you want to have a deeper relationship with God:
“32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””- Jesus in John 8:32
“36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”- John 8:36
“1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1
“16 Live in freedom, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.17 Treat everyone with high regard:..”-1 Peter 2:16-17a
“”6 Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”” – Jesus in John 14:6
Go ahead, ask Jesus to set you free spiritually!