By the time I was born, my father had started several successful businesses. As a teenager, he was an ice man, selling ice to many people in his small town. After he married my mother, he started a grocery store with a brother. When misunderstanding threatened to ruin the relationship, he moved away from the store and established a restaurant.
As the population of the area around the restaurant deteriorated and the market changed, he moved closer to our home and began an ice cream parlor. He and Mother worked long, hard hours in each business.
When Dad left the business world, he took a civil service job. Through every venture, my parents kept their hearts focused on a bigger picture than the hardships of the day. They did without many of the toys that people think are essential to their lives. When our parents died, they left an inheritance for their children. They had no debts, only assets and savings. Yet, what they left for us was more than money in a bank account and a paid-off home mortgage.
Perhaps their greatest heritage for us was their ability to see beyond today and into the future, trusting God to orchestra our lives. They taught us a myriad of lessons in delayed gratification, even though they never used those two words. Often, when someone has left Special Gathering which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community for one reason or another, we don’t grieve because we know that they will be back and when they come back. Our mission is discipleship and evangelizing. We will be here waiting and welcoming them. We will be here for years in the future. We plan to continue ministry now and from now on.
Discouragement is part of life; but it isn’t the most important part. Patience is a hallmark virtue of life in Christ. Waiting for God to move means rewards from our Sovereign Lord. My parents’ life wasn’t exciting or thrilling. However, their legacy is.