Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FAMILY TREE

There is not a single divorce on my mom's side of the family. Not one. And it's a large family. In a world where 50% of marriages will fail that is a pretty awesome feat. And because of this, we have a strong family...immediate and extended. What is it about this family that enabled it to beat the odds?

My grandfather is about to die. The doctors have just told us he has a few days. I'm shocked and heartbroken and trying to process it all. But, I'm not without hope. Why? For the same reason that there isn't a divorce in my family. In honor of my grandpa, I'm going to tell you the secret to the success (not monitary by any means) of my family. My family is whole and purposeful and has joy because of Jesus Christ. I know without a doubt that my grandpa has a relationship with Jesus Christ. Because of that I know that his last days on earth are not his last days at all. Because I know that my grief is more for those of us still here who will miss him.

My grandpa isn't perfect at all. He knows that. He recognized his need for a Savior. When Grandpa accepted Christ in his life he made Him Lord and Leader. His relationship with Jesus wasn't without serious bumps in the road, heartache, and sin, but Grandpa made it his goal to become more Christ-like with his life. God came first, then Grandma, then his children. Because of his (and Grandma's) values and principles his children accepted Christ and follow Him whole-heartedly and have healthy marriages too. And his grandchildren, and so on.

Do you know Jesus Christ? No matter your situation, you need a Savior. I do. And my savior is Jesus Christ. Ask me about him, I'd love to tell you.

5 comments:

AbbasGirl said...

Praying for you and your family! How wonderful it is to have the hope and certainty of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Tom Schenk said...

Couldn't agree more, Bethany. I am thankful that God chose me to be placed within the Van Scyoc family.

Mariellen Cherry Rigby said...

Praying for you and your family! What a great post! AMEN!

Rachel said...

Praying for your family. Especially your grandma. I am so sorry, Bethany.

Jim Gantenbein said...

Well said, Bethany! Like your dad, I thank God for the privilege of being a part of this family.