A few days leading up to my son James’ wedding, my wife and I received praise and thanks. Emma’s father Pete mentioned twice, once at the rehearsal dinner and during his wedding toast of the blessing that James been to Emma and their family. While the hand of God is ultimately responsible for my son’s maturity, there are others who deserve credit as well.
The one who is taught the word [of God] is to share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his spiritual and material support], Galatians 6:6.
In 1988, a man named Ray Boltz was asked to write a song for Pastor Appreciation Sunday. Upon completion, the lyrics of Thank You serve as a reflection, looking back at all the people in life who has directed, guided and helped individuals draw closer to Jesus. When I think about James, I can’t forget all the Christian teachers at Red Lion who taught, nurtured and inspired James from kindergarten to eighth grade. From his first, Mrs. DeMaio to his last, Mrs. Beattie, I thank God for everyone in between who has shaped and touched James’ life.
Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. 10 So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith (born-again believers), Galatians 6:9-10.
I don’t know how this story will end, James’ new life with Emma. Yet, as a parent, I am committed to pray for, fast if necessary and build up this young couple. Sometimes parents expect children to behave, mature and become a finished product in their time, not God’s. Thus, all I can do is seize the opportunities that become available. Despite how I feel or what I see from my own perspective, the apostle Paul commands believers to persist in doing good. While I’m waiting, I want to thank all of you who have poured your own life into my son James.
by Jay Mankus