The other night, I had a chance to sit around the fire ring with some friends as they were sharing some stories. Some were funny, some serious, and some sad, which is a mix of life for most of us. Do you remember any stories your parents or grandparents, or other extended family told when you were young? Maybe some of the stories even got shared several time, so that you might be able to finish them yourself. Though we don’t sit around and tell these stories and tales of our youth as often as previous generations may have done, its still important to be able to share in this way with our friends and family, so that may learn a thing or two from our own successes and failures. What is one story you heard in your youth that is important to pass on to other generations?
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:4
While certain stories and somewhat tall tales may be told mainly to get a response out of others, some are meant to illustrate how we can grow in faith and maturity as well. Even if they are not from your own experiences, reading stories from the bible, as well as books and biographies of missionaries and other people who strongly lived out their faith are not only good for our children to hear, but also good for us as well. When we have examples of what it means for us to live our our faith well, it may inspire us and others to do the same. Hope inspires us to move beyond our current circumstances and live beyond what we are capable ourselves. May you be inspired by those who have gone before us!
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
Yours in Christ,