My Dad was a fiercley independent man. Cantankerous was a common word used to describe him, even by his friends. He was also one with whom you dare not discuss your faith. He was born of modest and harsh beginnings, with alcohol being an important part of his life. One of the losses he experienced because of its presence was his family. We were estranged for many years. I was fortunate however, to reconcile with him in his later days after personal tragedy caused his drinking to stop.
During one of my later years visits, I boldly told my Dad about ALME and gave him the link to the site. I know he read in it because he complained about one of the pages. I didn’t argue or dispute or counter his point, but quietly rejoiced because he had gone in and looked around. After that one conversation, we never discussed ALME again. I find great comfort in knowing that Holy Spirit would have led my Dad to Opening The Door, which describes the sacrifice of Jesus and His invitation of eternal life to us all.
Authoring ALME is indeed a tremendous privilege, for which I am grateful. Sometimes, however, the time required and responsibility involved seem very great. Opposition comes in many forms. More than once I have wondered; “Lord what in the world was I thinking?”. Then I remember my Dad. If he were the only one who had ever looked at ALME, or read a Daily Scripture, or said the prayer of salvation on Opening The Door, it would be worth it. Jesus would have asked me to write those pages, if they were written only for him.
If there is an area in your life where you feel discouraged, I want you to know that The Lord sees your efforts and He is pleased. He is watching as you choose to love someone who is not loveable. He is there as you forgive them yet one more time. He smiles as you wipe those little faces and enforce loving discipline. He knows when you are true to His word even though it would be easier to just give up. He reads that note of encouragement you have written on your Facebook page. What you are doing is important to Jesus. Whether for many or for only one.
Galatians 6:9 (KJV) 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Mathew 18:12 (KJV) How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
Mathew 25:23 (KJV) His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.