life-lessons from the children

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lay up treasure for [your]selves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that [you] may take hold of the life that is truly life. – 1 Timothy 6:19

1-IMG_E5212This week my world is full with grandchildren, wonderful grandchildren. So writing – or at least thoughtful, creative writing – is in consequence not nearly so accessible for me.

Fortunately, it’s not that hard to grab a few photographs that tell a good story. Or rather should I say The Story. Because I really only have one essential, foundational story to share and that is my conviction that life is not only a wonder-charged gift but also our responsibility to live.

The way I understand my personal responsibility is to be grateful for the gift and to share life – real life, abundant life, “the life that is truly life” – in ways that echo the wide-open invitation of Jesus for people to come home and to find peace in him.

The grands – David and Beks – hit the ground running when they arrived Wednesday lunchtime. It is good for me; they are good for me.

I know we are meant to be raising and instructing and leading the children… but I tend to find that they usually teach me more – especially in the finer points of fully-engaged joy.

I will try to pay attention this week, and then pass some of the highlights on to you.

– DEREK

 



Categories: commentary, Family, leadership, life, photography, relationships, The Life That Truly is Life

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