Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. – Deuteronomy 4:9
Some days it seems like there is an increase in violence, hatred, murder, racism, stealing, and divorce in our beloved America. Do you wonder why? I do!
I was challenged by the Lord’s words to Israel right before they were to enter the promised land. Notice that the first instructions God gave His people were to “give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently.” The foremost concern was to be their life; next was their family’s. Jesus Christ emphasized the same priority when He said, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5). Paul highlighted the same value to Timothy: “Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:16). God instructed the Jewish parents to pass on to their children and grandchildren what their eyes had seen. The order was essential!
Ask God to help you live a humble, holy life of love for God and others, so that you will be able to impart a living example and genuine faith to your children, grandchildren, and other disciples. Solving America’s desperate need begins in each life, then in our families, and finally out to our neighbors and coworkers. Change one life—your life, and (together) we can change a country!
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