Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. ~Theodore Roosevelt
In my hometown I am often known as Chester and Evelyn’s granddaughter. My last name carries a reputation closing in on 100 years.
Chester and Evelyn were “good people.” They didn’t have much – except for children – but what they had they shared. They fed others, passed down shoes and clothes, offered a night’s shelter.
They were people of the land and neighbors of the heart.
My story is entwined forever with their own.
John tells us the reason the world doesn’t know us is that it doesn’t know our Father. If we want people to recognize God, then we have to show him to others.
How do we do that?
By doing the things that God would do.
Are you generous to everyone? Do you share your money, your time, your love? Or do you hold back from some you deem unworthy?
Do you care for orphans and widows? Or do you say you don’t know any and move on? Remember your neighbors don’t just live next door.
Do you shuffle your parents off on your brothers and sisters because you’re “just not good with that sort of thing”?
The best way to tell others about our Father is by living; remember, actions speak louder than words.
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:11, 14, 16-18 NIV