Friday, August 24, 2012

The Gift of Mom

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (Proverbs 31:26-31)

Today my Mom celebrates another birthday.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to celebrate it with her in person, but I will certainly be with her in spirit. 

My Mom is just one of those very special people, who has always put her children (and now her grandchildren) first.  That example of sacrifice has left an indelible mark on me that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  The Lord has blessed me with so many great things over the years, and that started on Day 1 when He selected two amazing people to be my parents.

Living half a country apart, I don’t spend as much time with my Mom as I used to, but it does make those times together all the more special.  Although I could never repay all of her sacrifices over the years, I do my best to try...she will always deserve nothing less than that.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Godfather

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

I did some internet surfing the other day on ‘How to Be a Good Godfather’.  One of the best quotes I found was the following:  “The best thing you can do to be a great godfather is to be a mentor for your godchild.  For some men this will mean taking on the traditional role of being a spiritual guide for your godchild.  For other men, it may mean being a mentor in other aspects of the child’s life.  Either way, do your best to provide a good example to your godchild.  The mentoring relationship you have with your godchild will depend a lot on your geographic proximity to each other.  If your godchild lives far away, keep in contact by writing letters, calling them on the phone, or sending an email every now and then.”

It was a humbling read for I know over the past couple decades I could have and should have done more.  Sure there were those moments of shooting baskets together, chats every Christmas Eve, and even showering him with Jets gear on his 21st birthday (Go Cowboys!), but in my heart of hearts I know I never deserved any ‘Godfather of the Year’ awards.

A few months ago this really started weighing on me as my godson’s wedding day approached ever closer.  I lifted up a prayer to the Lord that I would be a spiritual part of his special day by getting the opportunity to lead grace that evening.  The days and weeks went by, but a couple of weeks ago I was extremely blessed to receive that call.  I’ve lifted up a lot of prayers of grace over the years – and all of them carry an extreme level of importance for me.  As I grab the microphone this weekend, this will ring ever true as I get the opportunity to demonstrate the love of not only a godfather, but more importantly their heavenly father.

(Submitted by Frank Z – 8/3/2012)