Weekly devotional

Peggy and I just spent a wonderful time together at our annual church Family Camp in Arkansas. Camp Galilee is on the edge of Bull Shoals Lake. It is a very beautiful setting and offers a lot of fun, fellowship and food.

We played Gaga Ball, cards, basketball, board games, and enjoyed swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing, water balloon fights, crafts, music, a cookout, a talent show, a worship service, etc. It was a great time!

As I shared the message on “Leaving a Family Legacy,” it came to my mind how many people had Camp Galilee as part of that legacy. There were some three-generation family members present and making more memories. It reminded me of II Timothy 1:3-5: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

What family legacy are you establishing that impacts at least three generations? Is your personal faith influenced by previous generations, and are you continuing to “carry the torch?” What is it about your faith that is contagious for fellow family members and future generations?

I shared the following reading that I had used for years in talking about evolution. For the first time, I observed: some men want to claim that they descended from monkeys, but the monkeys don’t want to claim that man descended from them.

Darwin's Mistake

(author unknown)

Three monkeys sat on a coconut tree

discussing things as they're said to be.

Said one to the others, "Now listen, you two,

there is a certain rumor that can't be true

that man descended from our noble race.

That very idea is a disgrace.

No monkey ever deserted his wife,

starved her babies or ruined her life.

And another thing you will never see:

a monkey build a fence around a coconut tree

and let the coconuts go to waste

forbidding all the other monkeys to taste.

If I put a fence around this tree,

starvation would force you to steal from me.

Here's another thing a monkey won't do:

go out at night and get on a stew,

and use a gun, or club or knife

to take some other monkey’s life.

Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss –

but, brother, he didn’t descend from us."

What is your family legacy, and will your descendants be glad to claim you as one of their ancestors?