“Hallelujah! Happy is the man who fears the Lord, taking great delight in His commands. His descendants will be powerful in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” Russell and I desired that the descendants who came after us would know that God does bless. So years ago our family developed a crest. Instead of seeking the origin of our name and then finding the coat of arms that may have corresponded to that name, we contemplated the values we hold and we drew from those.
This painted and framed crest, given to me by Russell on my forty-first birthday, has hung in five homes on three continents since I unwrapped it, and it is my hope it will continue to go where we go. The background of our crest is a tree with roots, which represent being rooted in God’s teachings and trusting Him for all that we need. Think about the Psalm 1 tree that is thriving, growing uniquely, and drinking in deeply from the river of God’s Story. That is how the wise person is blessed. The crest has been a good reminder to our family, as well as a visual teaching aid to others, when we share how those who fear the Lord can live happily and fulfilled.
God has created in His people through all generations, the ability to choose. Let’s choose God. Let’s choose to live upright even in a world that is upside-down. Our generation depends on it! Let’s be eager to learn from God’s good ways and then live out what we learn. There is great delight in living right. This idea can be enhanced significantly when we’re part of a community that holds the same values. Ultimately, by advancing the Kingdom of God, good overcomes evil and communities of righteousness can grow. More and more people, out of gratitude of being rescued from worthless ways to meaningful life, can join in with the multitudes whose joy comes from the Lord. This can happen – one person at a time, one generation at a time. Be a part of the link with one hand holding on to God’s blessings and the other hand reaching out to others who need to be blessed.