Living with enthusiasm and joy! (The Grandaddy Letters)

Hide and seek with Great-grandma Grace

“Do good, be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for yourselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that you may take hold of the life that really is life.” – 1 Timothy 6

This morning I had planned to launch a potentially far-reaching conversation about Lent, but I’ve decided to wait for tomorrow morning; Sunday provides the perfect opportunity to hit “reset” spiritually, and I have a couple of questions I’d like for all of us to carry forward with us between now and Holy Week.

Today I’d like to share a few more thoughts from the week with our grandchildren. We took them back to Richmond Friday evening so I’m in a better position to reflect with a little more concentration. I’ll frame this post as one of the, “Grandaddy Letters” series that’s been running since a few months before David was born.


Dear David and Beks:

we fed the birds.. now where are they?

Wow! That sure was some four days of fun we had together, wasn’t it! You’re both so bright, and happy, and inquisitive, and loving, and full of energy. I’ve got to tell you, you wore me out!

I don’t know if you realize this, but the kind of life you have – the quality of “aliveness” that just spills out from you, all over the place – does more than give your grandparents a lift, it actually regenerates us.

This is what, in the grownup world, we call a paradox. A paradox is when something looks like it should do one thing, but it turns out to do something quite the opposite. Yes, we’re tired; and, yes, we’re not so young as we used to be; but the life that flows out from you – the ebullience – gets all the way into who we are. Your life fills us up, it lifts us up, and it stays with us after you go home.

In the Bible, Jesus teaches about how people who love God and follow him are supposed to live; it turns out we’re supposed to live with the kind of light, and energy, and belief, and creativity, that we see in our beautiful grandchildren. You, David, and you, Beks, teach us about the Jesus quality of life.

img_8248So here is my word for you, dear grandchildren. Don’t ever let go of that kind of life! Don’t ever let the world around you put out the light you carry; don’t ever trade in your creativity, your inquisitive minds, and your thirst for learning.

God – who loves us so very much – put each one of us on this Earth to not only enjoy the world but to serve God by loving each other with God’s kind of love. That means you, David, and you, Beks; God has big ideas for both of you, and those ideas involve shining brightly and loving with enthusiasm.

So thanks for another great visit. We love you both, and we love your parents too. We can’t wait to see how brightly you continue to shine for God.

In love, and because of love – Your Grandaddy Derek.

(check out the before and after haircut pics!)


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