“See to it, night and day, that you pray for your children. Then you will leave them a great legacy of answers to prayer, which will follow them all the days of their life. Then you may calmly and with a good conscience depart from them, even though you may not leave them a great deal of material wealth.” O. Hallesby
In reading the above quote today I am reminded of the God given responsibilities I have to my family as a husband, father and a grandfather. I once heard that a famous evangelist said on his deathbed. “I have traveled the world telling them about the love of God, yet my own children have no interest in the spiritual things of God.” This has been a huge burden to me over the years that I have to be reminded about daily, and that is to be involved in the lives of my children.
For years in the secular world before I became a follower of Christ, I could justify my long hours of work, stating that the more money I could make the happier my family would be. Yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. When my oldest daughter, Rachel, graduated from high school we took a vacation to Florida to spend some time away. One night while she and I were walking down the beach, I told her that I wished I could have done more financially for her. It was during her 7th grade year that Joyce and I went full time in ministry and things were pretty tight. In Rachel’s junior year she made all state in ladies’ basketball. “If only I could have bought you the fancy basketball shoes the other kids had, but I couldn’t do it.” Putting her hand in mine she said, “Daddy you gave me everything – you gave me you.”
Now that I’m in my 60’s I see many families, especially dads, that have very little time for the family and will one day regret and feel guilty about what they missed. I know you have heard me say this before, but it’s worth repeating. All we have is time. That’s why we have Siloam Missionary Homes. The missionary families need a break. Ministry in serving people is hard and laborsome. The average missionary family will spend the majority of their time on the road once they hit the US. If we cannot help them as a family, not only with housing, but with family time, they will be come another failed statistic. My number one desire is for the family to finish well and that the legacy they leave will make their children and grandchildren happy that dad and mom chose a life as missionaries, not of bitterness and sorrow.
We are going into summer, and with that comes a slump of income. I pray that you will take to heart the needs we have of providing “a place missionaries call home” and also a place they can leave refreshed and renewed as a family ready to serve again.
Thank you for praying for us today and keep us on your daily prayer list. If you would be interested in helping as a volunteer, we need you. How about as a youth group or class? I pray the Lord will bless you today as you serve the Lord with gladness and spend some time with your family.