Last month I had the opportunity to visit my parents’ house for the last time before they moved. Though I did not grow up in that particular house, boxes of my belongings were stored there for posterity. My parents only moved about ten minutes away from their previous home, but the move still required me going through my stuff. As I descended down into the basement to explore, I felt like Indiana Jones on an archeological quest, except instead of hostile natives with blowguns or the Nazi army, my biggest obstacles were dust and the possibility of disturbing a brown recluse spider. My quest for treasure was not in vain. I discovered trophies from Pinewood Derby victories, ribbons from swim team, newspaper clippings from my elementary school days, and perhaps most disturbing, my own baby teeth stored in a change purse. Apparently I was a weird kid.
But there surrounded by the cinder block foundation of my parent’s house, I found evidence of another foundation. I found old sermon notes, quiet time material, journals, pictures of youth and college church trips, encouraging letters from Christian friends, and Bibles given to me by my parents and grandparents. It reminded me that, in addition to all the many blessings for which I have to give thanks, I am blessed with all the godly people who invested in my spiritual formation while I was growing up. My pastor, my youth pastor, my college minister, Sunday school teachers, discipleship leaders, youth choir director, drama director, accountability partners, youth volunteers, friends, and of course my family all poured into me so that I might grow in my relationship to Christ. They may never know the impact they made on me.
I share this story to challenge you and myself. First, may we remember our own spiritual journey and those who helped along the way. Give thanks for them. If they are still around and you have their con-tact information, maybe give them a call, card, email, or text of thanks. Second, I challenge us all to invest in someone else. Many of you are doing that already. If you are a Sunday school teacher, child-care volunteer, choir director, nursery worker, youth helper, deacon, friend, and of course parent, please know that what you are doing matters! You have the opportunity to impact someone’s life for eternity. So be thankful for your own spiritual foundation, and be faithful to build onto the foundation of others.
“Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.” –Psalm 71:17-18
Thank you for building,