I’ve discovered that I thoroughly enjoy genealogy. The story of it all pulls me in. I imagine these people from the past, some of whose stories I’ve heard. For others I can only piece together a sketch of their lives from historical documents.
Each person in my family tree had a season in which to live and to love. Then their time was done. Other people would be impacted by their lives and choices, and would go on to choose how they lived their lives.
Today is our day! This is the time God has given us to live and love.
What is He asking us to do in our lifetimes? In this generation? TODAY, particularly?
One of the stories that intrigues me most is that of my great-great-grandfather. He and his siblings were orphaned in the 1840’s, ending up in various places. Yet they managed to stay in touch. They wrote letters, like the except of one above. And they were intentional to visit each other as they could.
They inspire me! In their time, in their generation, they did what they could to love each other and hold onto their relationships.
Who do we need to stay connected with? Who is God putting on your heart today? To write a letter or make a call? Make plans to travel to see them, though it may be costly or inconvenient?
Let’s not put it off! Let’s live and love well while it is “today.”
“You return man to dust…like grass that is renewed in the morning, in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. … So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:3, 5-6, 12, ESV
What will have mattered most in your and my lifetimes?
My initial answer is LOVE; love God and love people. But then, what are the specific details of this? That is the part we each are asked to live out in practical, creative, courageous ways!
Lord, give us a heart of wisdom!
Kathryn Featherstone is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a board-certified Christian Life Coach. She helps people live and love well out of their strengths and their relationship with Christ. She’d like to encourage you in your journey! Write her a note or see her Coaching page.