I had finished mowing the yard and decided to enjoy a glass of lemonade while relaxing on the front porch for a bit. As I did, a gentle breeze carried the ever-so-sweet fragrance of honeysuckle from the side of the house to where I sat. In an instant my mind was transported back 40 years to 1916 Beck Street and the porch swing that hung on the south side of my grandparent’s 2-story stone home. Hours upon hours were spent on that swing, sitting between two people who had unconditional love for me and the time to demonstrate it.
My honeysuckle had grown from a start from Grandpa’s own plant that grew a few feet away from his own swing. Porch swings and honeysuckle will forever be linked with my wonderful grandparents. As I sat on my porch reminiscing, I recalled a particular day when I was about 8. I was visiting them and had helped Grandpa mow his immaculate yard. Afterwards, he pulled out his toolbox and began tinkering with something. As I snooped through his tools, I asked, “Grandpa, what do you make with all these tools?” His reply? “Friends, mostly.” Let me say, an 8 year old doesn’t quickly forget such an answer.
I didn’t fully understand it at the time, but my grandfather was respected and loved throughout his neighborhood for lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He understood that his time, talent, and tools were to be used to serve others.
What about us? What are we making with what God has placed in our toolbox? –Dave
“…serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.” (Galatians 5:13-14)
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