Today has partially been spent on reflecting of the past. It is something that maybe many of us don’t do often enough. I don’t mean that sad, deeply introspective, guilt ridden type of thinking. I am just speaking of how I might have done things differently if the opportunity allowed me to redo them.
From the start, I must say that I have been truly blessed. The Lord has allowed me to have such a variety in my life. I honestly think that it would require 10 other men’s lives to have as much variety as I have had. From failures, triumphs, family, friends, fun, finances, foods, education, travels, etc. I have had a very full life. At 61 years old I do spend more time reflecting on these things.
Reflecting is a very Biblical thing to do. There are several Psalms that are reflections in old age. In Psalm 72 David is praying that his heirs, beginning with Solomon, might have success in the task that God had assigned to him. The prayer is that they would rule Israel well, protecting the poor and needy, and bringing blessing to all nations of the earth. This prayer was, and will be, ultimately fulfilled in the person of Christ.
My prayer today is not near as grand, or world impacting as David’s prayer. My prayer is for my children, grandchildren, and if the Lord tarries, for generations to come. My prayer is that they not spend the days of their youth, and middle age, on things that don’t really matter. On things that are soon forgotten, time wasted on only worldly pursuits, time wasted just on themselves.
This doesn’t mean there will be no fun in your life, that you take a vow to poverty, and that you will be a boring ole person that is so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly value (I’m not sure that this is possible). My prayer for you is to be a person of the Book. It is only in, and through Scripture, that you really can know Christ. I mean to really know Him intimately as a Person. He speaks to us through His word. He loves us through His Word. The Bible is Christ speaking, exhorting, comforting, loving, and directing us. In Him is all wisdom. You must be people of His Word! It is not good enough to just hear what others have to say about the Bible. You must spend time in it yourselves everyday. Even if it is just a few verses read, pondered, and prayed over.
You may ask me, Dad, why aren’t you concerned with some of the many other things that you taught us growing up, too? And my answer is that most of the other things came from this Book. That is where I found them. I admit that I was not a perfect parent. I know there are some things I taught you that weren’t from this Book. And some things that are in this Book I didn’t teach you properly. For this I apologize to you all. But the core values that you were taught were from Scripture. If you will heed my words, you will know where these other things came from, and you will have a life that is even fuller than mine. A life filled with adventures that only God can give. A life that brings honor and glory to the Son of God, who loved us, and gave Himself for us.
Listen to the Psalmist: Psalm 119:33-40
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways.
Confirm to your servant your promise,
that you may be feared.
Turn away the reproach that I dread,
for your rules are good.
Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!
I hope that this will be the prayer that each one of you prays. This is my prayer for each one of you. I want you all to be better men and women than I am. My wish for you is to glorify God more than me. To be mighty in His grace. Why? Because your Dad loves you! And I love Him more.