E-votional - No Man Is An Island
December 4, 2001
"A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:"

Matthew 1:1 (NRSV)


    Individuality. It is an element, perhaps the element that makes me who I am and so different and unique from others. It is also the driving force behind many decisions I make. "I can deal with the consequences," these are the internal words uttered within my own mind. In retrospect, this answer may be true, but there is a deeper question that must be addressed and answered; what about the others?

   Hear the Good News, the gift of individuality is accompanied by the gift of responsibility. You may ask what is so good about that. What is so great about having to ultimately responsible for things that point to the future due to my action or inaction? You see, as a parent, I believe it is the responsibility of the parent to raise their child or children in a Christian household. This is more than raising the child in a moral household. It is the responsibility of the parent to set a Christian example for the child. This means being Christian and living that life. This is either the beginning of the foundation or the continuation of the Christian tradition and witness in the home. Our action or inaction can and does have a being on what the future holds for us and those we encounter. You may ask, well how is this Good News, how is responsibility that great? Look at a child you have taught to read, to pray, to go to church, or helped to know and understand Christ. From the root of Jesse, through Abraham, through Joseph comes Jesus. From Jesus comes you, comes me. Imagine the responsibility, the toil and the joy that brought you and I to Christ. The lives between Jesus and today.


   Gracious Father, though I have a great responsibility to share the faith, the rewards and the fruits of this is incredible. Help me to hold the course and to not give in or give up when living a life that is faithful to Christ. Give me strength when I am weak and passion when I am down. My life does make a difference, and for that I give you my thanks and praise. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Grace & Peace