Proverbs Lesson 72
The memory of the righteous will be a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
How Will You be Remembered?
Have you thought of what memories you will leave behind when you are long gone to dust? What will family say about you? What will those in your home town say about you? Will your memory be one of love, wisdom, and respect? Or will your memory be one of bitterness and scorn? Will you even be remembered?
What you do in this live makes an impact beyond your little world. How you live your life does make a difference to many that you may never meet!
There was a woman who was the wife of the sheriff of a small town. She only wore the finest clothes. She only moved in the best of circles. Not too far away from her lived a widow and her two children. It was the time of the Great Depression. A widow with no family to fall back on was usually hard put. This widow was no different. She worked two laborious jobs while trying to raise two girls alone. She recently remarried but found that life was tougher with a drunk as a husband. The girls were lucky to have two dresses that were not rags. The oldest was fourteen and youngest was twelve. For some reason unknown still till day the woman who passed the oldest many times invited her to church one day. And for some reason the young girl accepted. This poor child walked into the largest and wealthiest church in town. She did not feel out of place. She was accepted and continued on attending for two years when she married and moved out of state.
She didn’t enter a church again for several years as her husband was not a church going man. He believed in God but that was as far as his commitment went. The young bride continued praying regularly but was unable to find a church close enough for her to walk to. About six years later and three children later they moved to a rural area just about a mile from a little country church. She was so excited. Now she could resume church attendance. She got up early on Sunday morning and dressed her small children and walked all the way to church. Her husband did not go with her as he was delivering milk for the area during that time. He probably would not have gone anyway.
A few weeks went by and one day she walked in with a big smile beaming on her face. She asked her husband if she looked any different. He was perplexed. She was really happy about something. She announced that she was getting baptized because she had committed her life to Jesus. Still not sure how to act, the husband congratulated her and for a couple of weeks everything continued as normal. One Sunday as the young wife and mother was getting the children ushered out the door to make their weekly walk to church, she saw her husband pull up. He jumped out of his delivery truck and asked if she could wait long enough for him to change and get presentable. He had rushed through his deliveries so that he could go with her. There was something about her that was pulling him that day. Something he could not resist.
A few weeks later they were baptized together and began raising a family committed to Christ.
The years went by. The woman became a Sunday School teacher, a youth leader, and a regular Vacation Bible School leader. The husband became a deacon and a teacher. Over the years his knowledge of the Old Testament brought pastor after pastor with their many degrees seeking his wisdom and guidance. His word was respected and his honesty was renown.
Their oldest child married a preacher’s son and brought up their own child in the faith. That child has since married, led her husband to Christ who is now a deacon, and they are raising three children in the faith.
Their only son married and raised two children in the faith. He is known throughout the area for his honesty, his wisdom, and his compassion for many around him. If you are in need, he will give and go without.
Their third child married and raised two children of her own. She is active in her church and ministers through her nursing and has witnessed many miracles and conversions.
Their youngest who came much later in life married and is raising three children of her own in the faith. She married a minister and are local missionaries.
Through the lives that all these people are touching many names are being added to the Book of Live. When the father was dying of cancer, one old friend who pushed God away over the years had to know how he could face death so bravely. By the end of the visit he and surrendered his stubborn nature to God at the young age of seventy-five. At the father’s funeral the funeral parlor was packed and three (yes, three) ministers spoke to honor his memory.
The memory of that one woman many years ago lives on. Because of her righteousness and willingness to be used by God, so many more have memories that last through the generations with warmth and love. I never knew her name until recently. I never knew how it all started until a year ago. But I discovered that I want to carry the memory of Mrs. Perkins forward and let my children know how one lady seventy years ago drastically changed our lives today. Because of Mrs. Perkins, my father’s memory and righteous acts will be honored and imitated for many generations to come.
How will your memory be carried forward?
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