I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isaiah 46:10

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Ps. 139:11-16


Elijah, my new grandson, came over with his mother the other day. What joy to see this new life wide-eyed and taking it all in. I love the look in his inquisitive eyes, knowing that he is learning from every single new experience. At 8 weeks old, Elijah is just now starting to become aware of Papa and Nana and from my humble opinion, he is showing signs of incredible intelligence…haha!

Seeing baby Elijah makes me keenly aware of how quickly time marches on from month to month and year to the coming of each new year. For me, it seems like just yesterday that Elijah’s mother, Larissa was running around our house giggling with her sisters, building forts in the family room. Now, she is a wife and mother with her own little baby boy. It is wonderful to see how families grow. Wasn’t there just two of us just a few years ago?

Growing families are a wonderful reminder to me that we do not live our lives for ourselves, but rather each life interconnected has a profound effect on others. No man or woman is ever an island. Every right and true decision benefits not only us, but those around us. Likewise, poor decisions are not only ours too bear, but their impact can linger for generations. We know that what we sow we will also reap. The same principle applies to our families. what we sow into these relationships, our family will likewise reap.

As the new year begins, consider taking a few moments to remember your place in your family line. Celebrate the inheritance of the Kingdom of God that you received from those who blazed the trail of time before you. Also, look behind you. What is the aroma of God’s kingdom-life you leaving to those around you on this journey called life.

Remember, we only have the privilege to travel the road of life once. This year, just like baby Elijah, lets be wide eyed once again, enjoying each and every day that we are given. We can share the goodness of God, the love of God and the joy of God for every one of those following in our footsteps. God bless you as you enjoy your journey!

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.

Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Matthew 5:14-16 New Living Translation