Thursday, September 27, 2012

THANKFUL a godparent

Many of us were given a "godparent" when we were born. My Aunt and Uncle were my godparents. I can remember when I was a child, how much more they lavished on me than they did my brothers. I guess it was because they felt more of a responsibility for me.

I can remember the summers that I went with them to their summer place. It is here that I most recall lessons being taught to me by my godparents. During these summertime visits, I learned how to pick blackberries, I learned how to fish...not only how to fish but what kind of lure to put on your hook, I learned how to appreciate nature, and I learned how to play shuffleboard.

In all of these lessons passed down to me by my godparents, I learned one crucial element...CHARACTER! When I think of good character, I automatically think of my Uncle. In all of the years that I spent with him, I cannot recall ever a time that I saw him mad. Oh, I'm sure he got mad, but I never saw it. When I think of my Uncle, I see a giving, tender hearted, hard working, sincere and loving man. A man of good character.

It has been said that "Character is what you do when nobody is watching" and "Character is how you treat people when they can do nothing for you". Character is how you act when the pressure is on. Character is deciding beforehand that doing the right thing IS the right thing.

Having a godly character is really important. My godfather taught me alot of things, but most importantly he taught me what having good character looks like. This week my godfather went to be with the Lord and I thought how sad that the lessons he taught has come to an end. But then I realized that he is still teaching me...thru his legacy.

Proverbs 11:3 "The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them."

It is my prayer that you and I can have the heart of a "godparent", one that is loving, nurturing and displaying godly character to those around us. Whether we are legally a godparent to a child or not, realistically we are all godparents, as we pave the way, leading others to Christ.

Who are you influencing today and what is your character saying about you? May we all leave a spirit filled legacy behind.

Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY and IRIS is hosting. Next week we will meet here where you will find TT for the month of October. I am looking forward to visiting with each of you and it is my prayer that each of us will have thanks in our heart not just today but everyday until He calls us home.


Cami said...

BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for the reminder :)
I, too, have god parents and am one. What a blssings!

Rocks said...

I am godparent to many kids in our church. I hope and pray I'll be able to really show what godparent is to them.


Denise said...

Such a nice post.

Barbara said...

may my life be an encouragement to the kids around me today! Thanks for reminding me of our wonderful responsibility!