Out of a handful of interests of mine, politics is definitely one of my favorites, to watch and follow.
I happened to stumble upon an interview of a politician a couple of days ago and I can definitely say that it was one of the best interviews of a politician, I’ve seen thus far.
This Politician was not trying to fabricate anything for any reason. She came across pretty genuine. Toward the end of the interview, the journalist posed a question to her. “You have reached great heights in your political career way beyond your predecessors in your own family. What are your thoughts on that?”
She responded by giving honor to her father who, she said, worked tirelessly for the sake of the people, but went ‘unrecognized’ in his time. She bid farewell to the interview by saying that every success that she has achieved in her life, she gives it back as a tribute to her father, to whom she owes her entire political career!
It is interesting to note that many times, when one generation bears burdens and walks a life of righteousness, the fruit of their labor and hard work is reaped by the NEXT generation.
One generation may lay the foundation and the next generation builds on that! One generation lays the road and the NEXT walks on that!!
“Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” John 4:38
The life of David and Solomon is an excellent witness to that. David’s life was pretty much all about running away from his enemies and hiding in caves, leaning and depending on God every moment, for the security of his life. But for every sweat drop that David shed and every tear that he cried in the presence of God, the one to reap a time of Peace and ABUNDANCE, was not David, but Solomon.
“But now the LORD my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well.” 1 Kings 5:4
The politician I talked about, may not share the same faith as I do, but, what she did in her simplicity of heart, to HONOR her father for laboring well, is definitely something that we can emulate!
Honoring our elders and giving them their due respect for their labors, is losing its value in the society that we live in!
About fifteen years ago, at a Christmas concert in one of the churches in Chennai, a choir, which pretty much comprised of older folks, were singing. They seemed very off tune and struggled to stay on Key. I saw two young women who were well-known in Chennai for their skills in Music, sitting in the front row, laughing and chuckling throughout the time that these old folks were singing.
We live in a society where older people are least respected, their company is disdained and thought of as unnecessary. But if you can take a sneek peek into their little hearts, every thought that they think toward their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews are nothing but full of LOVE!!! Even some of the things that they repeat over and over, is coz’ of the deep, deep concern they have toward us!
That scene from the concert has kinda stuck to my memory! I often think to myself… What’s the point of all the fame and name in our fleeting lives, if we haven’t learned to live well??
Our best of education in exemplary institutions or our names being widely known, cannot gain for us anything, what a SIMPLE righteous life that has gone before us, CAN!!!!
Honor the elders in your circle, coz we walk on the roads that THEY have built!!
“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3
Pic below- My cousins and I with my great grand dad on my Mum’s side! A godly man who walked with God during his time!!
WE can lay such a foundation for our children too!!