Over the last eight years, Ive written 200 editorials for
this magazines readership. But this week Im writing
an open letter to two people my sister and her husband.
Dear Paul and Susan:
Thank you for opening
your home to me on a recent ministry trip to California. I want
you to know you preached to me through your lifestyle. I witnessed
true friendship, generosity and humility in the few days we were
together. Ill never forget how we rode through your community
and one neighbor after another stopped your vehicle to greet you
or share a personal need.
I marveled at how aware
you were of the problems your neighbors are facing health
conditions, family struggles, lost jobs and more. Its apparent
that you go beyond listening to their heartaches and praying for
them; you also help many of them in a tangible way. Theres
no telling how much youve given away to demonstrate the love
In addition, it blessed
me to see how many neighbors you have brought to church. You understand
the importance of meeting both physical and spiritual needs.
Although you may not
be widely known in your county, you have a Christlike reputation
in your neighborhood. And although you may not have the largest
bank account, you have stored up treasures in heaven. Im proud
of who you are. Youre not motivated by fame and power. Youre
motivated by a love for Christ and a compassion for people. (See
I pray more of us will
follow your example and be content to work for Christ behind the
scenes and leave a legacy of selfless commitment to our children.
Thank you for reminding
an older brother what really matters in life.
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