Kevin Larter – Junior High Pastor
Every family has one. You know that phrase. It’s one you hear a lot around the holidays. Maybe even you yourself have said it recently. Every family has one—meaning, every family has that one crazy person. That weird uncle or cousin that no one speaks of, and everyone conveniently forgets to invite to family dinners. But here’s the thing: my family doesn’t have one of those.
I don’t say that brag. And I’m not just saying that because a bunch of them are probably going to read this blog. I actually mean it when I say that my family is awesome, and loves Jesus, and lives in a way that honors God.
And it’s all because of my Nana and Papa. My Papa (my mom’s dad) passed away when I was 7, and last month, my Nana (my mom’s mom) passed away. I was given the privilege of speaking at Nana’s funeral and I got to remind everyone of all the great things about Nana. How she was the best cook and loved to spoil people with food. How she was the best host and always had people over to her home. But the thing I’m the most thankful for is the legacy that my Nana and Papa left.
Both of them loved Jesus and raised their kids to love Him, too. And each of those kids married great people who love Jesus, and they passed that on to my generation, all of us grandkids. And now some of us are married and some of us have kids and we’re going to do the exact same thing with them.
Every family has one. What if the meaning of that phrase changed? What if it now meant that every family has someone that loves Jesus and is influencing their family to do the same? And what if you were that person in your family?
I’m going to wager a guess that my story is unique. But that’s why it needs to be told. Again, not so that I can brag—that’s the last thing I want to do. But I’m telling you my story because I hope that all of us one day can tell a similar story, OR that a story like this could be told at our funeral after we pass on. Even if you’re the very first one in your family to follow Jesus, you can begin to change your family for the better. You can start to set your family on a path to following Jesus. You can leave an impressive legacy behind you!
At the funeral, I read this passage of Scripture…
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
May we all be able to say that we fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith…just like Nana did.