After yesterdays post I've been thinking a lot about how do you build men of character. These are two of the three men our family is in the process of building. The one on the right is three year old Gates. The one on the left is his 9 year old cousin from Rock Hill. Both were together here for a while on Sunday. Gates is spending the week with us while his parents are in California. He is our youngest grandchild. Our last shot at helping to build a Christian man.
Every day I try to listen to Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio. Thursday's program dealt with Father's day and a lot of people called in and talked about the most significant man in their life. It wasn't always their dad. Some of them came from single parent families and were raised by their Mom.
One of those remembers how his Dad would drive nine hours when he got off work on Friday and be asleep in his car in their driveway when he woke up on Saturday morning. He had a neighbor with a couple of boys who took him under his wing and grandfather let them put a mobile home across the road on his farm so he spend a lot of time with his granddad. He remembers walking over to the barn and hearing his granddad praying out loud to God for his family, his country, his neighbors and him.
Having Gates here reminds us of our responsibility to be godly grandparents and leave a legacy. Curtis had grandparents who spent time with him. He was the oldest grandchild on both sides of his family. One grandfather had debilitating arthritis but he kept him company and rode around the farm with him. The other had a country store and he helped keep the store and farmed with him. Both Grandmothers heavily influenced him also.
I only knew one of my grandparents. The visits were few and far between and she was pretty elderly but sweet. The person who influenced me the most was our maid Rose. She spent the most time with me of anyone. Fortunately she had good character, was fun, and loved me.
Lord, help us remember......you expect us to be a GODLY influence on all those around us....especially our families. Help us, Lord, help us!