A psalm of praise. Of David.
"I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness." Psalm 145:1-7
Last Saturday morning I decided to go for a run. On this day I decided to change up my routine a little and go a different direction and on a road that I have never ran down before. When I reached the road that the Mountain View Cemetery is on, I decided to go visit my dad’s grave. He died 12 years ago last January. Honestly, it has been years since I have stopped. The reason for this is because every time I would visit it was like the bandage over my heart was ripped off again. This day I went and it still hurt, but not as bad as it had in the past. I believe that time does not heal all wounds, but it can make them less painful.
My dad is who I got my red hair and freckles from. I also got my temper from him. Yes, red heads have hot tempers! I also now live with the knowledge that some day I may lose all of my memories of people and events and my dignity due to Alzheimer’s disease. But the most important thing I received from my dad was the example of a life running from God, to one of full devotion to Him. After my father became a Christian, he told me that the reason he was an alcoholic for so many years was because he knew there was a God and that was his way of avoiding it. As a Christian my dad would ask me if my life was right before God. He was more concerned about my eternal life than the one I was living at the time.
Are you fully devoted to God? If not, what is stopping you? Are you running and covering your need for Him with other things?
If you are fully devoted to God, do those around you know it? If not, what can you do today to change that? Is their eternal life more important to you than the one they are living now?
What kind of memories and legacy will you leave behind?