Gina Caswell Kelly
I have a charm bracelet that I love to wear. It is absolutely loaded with charms and each charm is significant. I have charms that old high school boyfriends gave me. I have charms from my parents. I have charms from friends for various reasons. I have charms from Mike. I have charms from Steve. I have charms that represent my children and my grandchildren. My bracelet is loaded with charms. As is my life. To me, when I look at my charm bracelet what I really see is a life well lived. I see a life that has been blessed.
Each charm on there represents a gift to me from my God. Maybe the charms came from someone else but the blessings that the charms represent came from my Father.
I was thinking about this and I think maybe we all need to have a charm bracelet of our lives. That would certainly be one way to remember at least some of the things God has done in your life. In the Old Testament, God, in talking to the Israelites as they were nearing the end of their 40-year journey, reminded them to tell the stories to their children and to their children’s children in order that the miracles and the blessings not be forgotten. How good a job are you doing with this?
The instructions were not just intended for those specific people. God wants the same thing from us. He wants us to tell the stories of His blessings to our children. So how do you start this? Well, I think first you should certainly share your salvation story with your children. Where were you when you became a Christian? How old were you? How did you feel? I will never forget sitting in my grandparents’ house and listening as they each told the story of their salvation to me. It was amazing to hear their stories. My only regret was that I did not take a recorder with me.
Do your children know your story? What great things has God done in your life? Kyle and I have a story we shared together of God helping me sell my grain one year. It was a miracle and I am so grateful to God for allowing my son to be a part of that miracle so he could have absolute first hand knowledge of how God wants to be a part of our whole lives.
I have so many stories of God’s wonder in my life and I really need to get busy sharing these stories with my kids. As we all know, the one thing we don’t know is how much more time we have on this earth. Wouldn’t it be a shame if the stories of God’s blessings in your life died with you? What if our stories die? How will the next generation know what a great and marvelous God we serve?
Think about the charms of your life. What does your bracelet look like? Tell those stories of God in your life before it is too late. And if we have learned anything in in the past year, it is that we never know when it will be too late.
It is the blessings of God that make the difference. Tell your stories!