I’m looking forward to making a long drive in the very near future. Road trips have always played an integral part in my life. Growing up the son of an OTR truck driver, you could say that the road is in my blood. One of the places we will be stopping along the way is the great state of Ohio. Most of my family lives there, and I always look forward to getting back to beautiful farmland, and lack of cell phone service!
Central Ohio is much different than the streets of Philadelphia where I was born. The culture there is a lot more laid back than I am use to, and it seems to be a way more friendly atmosphere.
My dad’s father Charles, was a Ohio pig farmer most of his life. He was a hard working man, who loved his family & focused most of his attention on work, and his love of the Lord.
My Mothers father’s name was Marion. He, like me, was an automotive enthusiast. Even owning his own repair shop in their small Ohio town for many years. He worked long hours, but could often be found early in the morning sitting in his rocking chair, reading the bible.
Although both of these men have gone on way before us, I learned so much from them. Not necessarily with the words they used, but by the lives they lived. Both of my grandfathers, loved and honored God, with everything they were. I guess you could say that it wore off on me. Watching the way they loved the families that they had been blessed with, will stay with me for as long as I live. Here, are just a few things I learned from them.
#1. Follow Jesus no matter what.
If either of my grandfathers were still living, this would be the one thing that they would constantly reiterate to us. There is nothing more important that following Jesus. It took me a little while, but I’m finally listening.
#2. Love and care for your family.
This is self explanatory. If God blessed you with a family, love and protect them. That’s what men do.
#3. Be yourself.
You will never find happiness if you try to get it by pretending to be someone you are not. Be you, then, do what you love.
Even though many of my older relatives have passed on, I still love to drive through the farmlands in Ohio. I remember the places and corn fields where I learned so much as a young child. As I walk through the fields, I can often hear the voices of those two men who loved me so much. They spoke life, when I was mostly being ignorant or stubborn. As I look back, I sometimes wonder, “What else could I have learned, if I had only paid more attention?”
You know, we can learn so much from our elders. God places people like that in our lives to help us through tough times. They have so much wisdom and strength that we can learn from. Let’s try to be sure that we don’t take them for granted.
I wonder what I will learn from fields of Ohio this time?
What do you think?
Till next week,