A Faithful Life
By Carin LeRoy –
Last month my Dad died. He lived a long life and arrived at heaven’s gate in his 81st year. As I began to reflect on his life, I think the thing that stands out to me is that he lived a life of faithfulness—in his marriage, in his life, and to his God. Although my father might be considered a simple man by some, I believe that he will receive many rewards for how his life was lived. He made choices each day to try and live a life that pleased God.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a definition of faithfulness including: loyal in affection, conscientious to promises and to one’s duty, and steadfast in allegiance, love, and conviction. That describes my Dad. Although I will always miss my father, I know his example will always be with me.
What about us? Are we living a life that is faithful?
The farther our culture strays from following the commands of God, the more difficult it is to recognize what a faithful life looks like. It’s not some super-secret formula. It is living a life that is authentic, staying true to our commitments, and being unwavering in the everyday issues of life. It might be as simple as making sure your family has meals each day, clean clothes to wear, going to work on time, or keeping your word. It’s being dependable. It’s following God’s Word, and it encompasses all aspects of our lives.
Scripture tells us that a “faithful man will have an abundance of blessings” (Proverbs 28:20, NET). I believe we will not only see those blessings in this life, but also in the life to come. When it’s our turn to reach heaven’s gate, I hope that we will have remained faithful, not only in the big things of life, but in the little ones too.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to live a life of faithfulness. Give me a heart that is steadfast, a life that is authentic and a loyalty to Your commands as I strive to follow You.
“Many profess their loyalty, but a faithful man who can find? The righteous person behaves in integrity, blessed are his children after him” (Psalm 20:6, 7 NET).
Today’s devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale, mother of three grown children and one high school teenager. She has served as a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982. Her passions are family, playing and teaching piano, missions, and writing stories that show glimpses of God.