Service to others, is better than being served

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 17, 2010

The one thing I’ve always stressed with my children is to be genuinely concerned about others. I’m happy and proud to report that Ronny, Matt, Kay and Ann are all unselfish. They enjoy each other’s company and won’t hesitate to help each other when in need. I am also blessed to have witnessed, on many occasions, any one of them reaching out with compassion to others.

I believe their spirit was handed down from a grandfather, my dad, whom they never knew.

My prayer for my 15 grandchildren is that they, too, will be

gifted with that same caring and sharing spirit. I have to admit

I’m concerned about a few of them but continue to believe that all of them will serve God, realizing that the secret to living is giving, not money, but of themselves.

Getting a good education has been driven into them by their parents, and whenever one of them graduates, I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.

This year, we attended a high school graduation for Kane and a law school graduation for Geoffrey. Kane will attend Nicholls State University, but I’m not sure of his major. Geoffrey always knew what he wanted to do. When he was first admitted to law school, I asked him why he wanted to be a lawyer. He said, “Paw-Paw, I want to help people.” I have no doubt he will be focused as an attorney, help people and be successful.

Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, came not to be served but to serve. Service to mankind was His mission. The people who accomplish the most in life and are remembered in history are those who were of service to their generation.

My heart’s desire is that the spirit of service will be handed down from generation to generation, thanking God for Proverbs 17:6, which states, “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”

I’ve been blessed with a crown I don’t deserve only because of the mercy of a forgiving God.

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