This was shared with me by one of our elders at our congregation. His great-granddaughter was recently baptized into Jesus Christ. Our elder’s son wrote this email (I took out the personal names).
At 10 o’clock last night as I was about to go to bed, we get a call from our daughter saying that their oldest child wants to obey the gospel. She is young in our estimation almost 10, but when I consider her experiences in life she is quite mature.
When I think about what actually brought about this decision to be baptized into Christ, it is amazing.
My father, about a 100 years ago (exaggeration!) was searching for the truth and after many failed attempts found it.
He then obeyed his Lord as well, those many years ago. That was the beginning of my granddaughter’s ultimate decision.
My dad, brought up his children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” as instructed by God. He did this not only by bringing us to services when the doors were opened, but also and more importantly by living each day as God would have us too. His children (myself) noticed that every day. That constant reminder to do those things that pleased God, rubbed off on me. It brought me to adulthood and has carried on to this day.
This behavior was also learned by our children as they grew up in our household. They saw the importance of putting God first in their lives as we put him first in our lives as I learned from my father. Our daughter’s behavior influenced her boyfriend to obey the gospel as well.
Our daughter then married and had children. Those children have witnessed their parents’ behavior putting God’s word first in their life. All of this started with God, to my father, to me, to my daughter, to her husband, and then to their daughter.
Never underestimate the impact of your actions, good or bad.
Thank you dad for starting this all. I love you!
Here is a passage for your meditation today, men, about God blessing the family of the righteous person.
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.