Anytime I talk about my childhood, how it affected me, and what I’ve learned, you’re going to hear about three people: My mother and her parents. Anything worthwhile and positive that I’ve ever learned came from them.
My mother raised my brother and I alone. My father left when I was 5. She has been and continues to be the single, greatest influence in my life. My mom is a character! She’s also kind, generous and wise. We don’t always agree, but that’s to be expected. I still greatly respect her opinions. She has taught me so many things, but she always prioritized honoring God in my decisions.
My grandparents. My grandfather was a pastor . My grandmother was a godly woman. I spent a lot of time with them as I grew up and they both made it their mission to teach me about God and His word.
I was given an awesome biblical foundation and I’m grateful for it to this day. It has guided me through every area of my life. Now, I’m not saying I have lived a perfect life. Ain’t no way. But knowing God and what He says has been invaluable to me.
My mother and grandparents taught me so many lessons. But if I had to sum it all up in one sentence:
Only what you do for Christ will last.
There are so many who live this life with no purpose, mo rhyme or reason. This lesson helps keep things in perspective for me, and has kept me from a lot of meaningless things. It makes me think about the things I do, the things I give my time and attention to. Again, that’s not to say that I haven’t wasted my fair share of time and energy.
But this lesson always brings me back around.