For those of you who are not aware, Dave Black is my PhD mentor. BeckyLynn, his wife, is continuing to struggle with cancer. Yesterday, Dave penned this words about his thoughts while driving home from the hospital:
On the drive home today I was strangely nostalgic, thinking about the heritage I will one day leave to my children and grandchildren. More than ever, I’m beginning to realize that the most important lesson for our children today is the lesson of faith. Not faith in one’s job or the economy or our intellectual attainments. Not faith in all of our human achievements. But faith in God — the God who created each one us, who made everything from absolutely nothing. Faith in the God who has the power to see everything, who understands our deepest heartaches, who has all authority, who alone has the power to forgive sins and to restore broken relationships. Faith in the God who who can keep us from wallowing in despair and self-pity. Do I have such faith? Sometimes I feel like a miserable failure in this area of my life. But if I want the next generation to have such faith I must first possess it, and possess it in quantity.
Faith is huge… bigger than we think. I trust God, but I want to trust him more. And, even more than that, I want my family and friends to see that I am trusting God.
They don’t always see that. Thanks for the reminder, Dave.