As I was sitting in front of my computer thinking about this article, the screen saver on my computer kicked on. For the next several minutes I was taken on a journey down memory lane. The screen saver is set to randomly access all the picture files on my computer. These files go back almost four decades. In the random selection I just watched, I was connected to a variety of pets who have lived with us through the years, clan Christmas gatherings, a variety of Church gatherings and events, generational family pictures, places we have visited around the world, training events we have attended and much more.
What was interesting was the roller coaster of emotions I experienced in those few moments. There were a number of close friends and faithful dogs who are no longer living in this reality, except in the memories of those who live on. There were exotic place I never dreamed I would ever visit ,but did. There were individuals who have significantly impacted who I am today through their lives and example of what it means to live in a strong and constant healthy relationship with Jesus.
It is surprising to realize the number of different emotions which can bring tears to your eyes. I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to have met and known these individuals. Each person had something to share and teach me, from which I am a better person today as a result of knowing them.
There will be individuals reading this article who are part of that group. To you I say, “Thank YOU!”
Jesus said, we are to influence and impact those around us in much the same way that salt and light influences and impacts the world (Matthew 5:13-14). It my desire you will come to experience the benefits and value of not just initially saying YES to the relationship with Jesus, but will follow that up with a lifetime of commitment and love to the One who first loved you. May there be those who will find you in their memory files and have a sense of pleasure and joy in their hearts because in that moment they realized the blessings they received from having known you.