1 Peter 4:10
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Every one of us has different gifts that can be used to help our fellow man. Some of these gifts are not in the form of talents, but rather, people and things around us. We should be thankful for what we have and do what ever we can to preserve these as long as possible – even if it is just something to remind us of an event with a loved one at a later time – or to reveal this event to a younger generation.
I know some people are cringing that I used a Bible verse alongside an atheist’s quote. But I have found many of Pratchett’s humorous quotes to be on par with a lot of things in life.
Life is one of those fleeting moments that none of us know how long we have, or how long we will have with another, so it is best to cherish every moment that you can. In a blink of an eye, it all can be gone. A moment to tell a loved one that you are sorry or that you appreciate everything they had done for you could be magically swallowed whole by the infinite black hole of the ever too late or the ever after—However, you would like to look at it.
This is one of the things that our children will pick up on and hopefully repeat as they see you doing. My son sees me calling my grandmother that suffers from dementia and sending her things to remember him with. My trip back to the States my wife and I had put together a photo album of my son for her. We understand that her memory needs constant jogging, so we also made sure to get her a photo of him to place on top of her television. I do my best to call and keep her up to date with news of her great grandson as much as I can from the over side of the pond. Luckily, his other great grandmother has a fully intact memory and was tickled pink to have a video chat with my wife and our son. The first grandmother it took a few minutes to explain Video Messaging for her to understand, but both enjoyed the video chats. I was playing translator for all parties, so I got to see the joy in both of my grandmother’s eyes that their grandchild was able to speak in multiple languages. Dave’s second grandmother blessed us with not only photos of my grandfather, the whole family, but of photos of her great uncle. My wife now understands my son gets his cheeks and most of his looks from his great grandfather.
The old saying ‘do as I say and not as I do is’ always is a fail. It is better to lead by example than to be hypocritical.
Being a good steward also means spending time with those around you. I am in the same boat with most of you that the day does not have enough hours to get everything done that you may need – let alone the time to enjoy something that you had time for before. My son only has to take a look at me for me to save whatever I was doing and to go play with him.
Especially our children need our love. That is the most precious thing we can give them; it is the very thing that will keep them from seeking out things that will destroy or hurt them owing to the void they feel from the lack of love in childhood. When I see my child’s eyes light up as I pick him up or just give him the attention he was wanting, it is the best cure for whatever was bothering me.
When your child sees you doing a kind dead for anyone around you, it will be remembered and repeated when he or she is older.
Reading to them at night and telling them family stories along with showing them photos is a great way to keep the torch of the family lit for many more generations.
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”