Living a Life that Counts

April 7, 2022 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions

By Gillis Killam –

Recently my sister passed away. Rhoda was the youngest of my three sisters. My wife and I traveled to Atlantic Canada for her memorial. I knew I would be giving a tribute to her, but found out later that I was also to lead the service and bring the sermon. I had been away from where she lived for many years, and although we visited from time to time, there wasn’t the connection I would like to have had.

She was not a well-known person outside of her family, friends and neighbors. By the world’s estimation she had no great accomplishments, nor was she considered a famous person; but she lived for what really counted in life. She lived for her family and they were there at her death-bed before she went home to be with her Lord. She had poured her life into those that God had given her; but I didn’t realize the profound impact she had on her neighbors and friends down through the years. One after another, people came to me and told me of her gentle care and love of helping others.

The life that counts is one that lives and cares in practical ways for others. This is what people will remember. It’s what our family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, friends and neighbors remember. The things she learned from Mom and Dad she passed on to the next generation.

Solomon wrote to his son: “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck” (Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV).

As I listened to the tributes to my sister given by her son and a granddaughter, I thought of these words, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” (Proverbs 31:28 NIV).

QUOTE: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:21).

Prayer: O God, Help me to be a good and faithful servant honoring You and helping others. AMEN

About Gil Killam

Gil Killam was born in New Brunswick, Canada and served as pastor in 4 pastorates in Saskatchewan & Alberta, Canada. Gil is married to his wife Lorna and they have 5 children, 14 Grandchildren and 5 great grand children. He is a graduate of Eston College with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree. He also served President of his denomination. Gil enjoys golfing and reading in his spare time.
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