Jeff and Susan
To my right on the love seat sat two more granddaughters (cousins), Jenny, age 12, and Miranda, age 13. They were discussing their current quilting projects. Miranda was nearly finished with a log cabin twin size quilt. Jenny was sharing that she did not think she was ready for something quite that large, but was working on a smaller quilt that included embroidery on it. Then their topic switched to pie making. Miranda is a tremendous pie maker, but to earn her award for pie making, she still needed to make a savory pie and a lattice top pie. She wondered what a savory pie was. I joined the conversation to explain what a savory pie was, and both girls already had made them without knowing it. The lattice pie still troubled Miranda. Jenny told her how easy it was and demonstrated with her hands how to slice the dough. Miranda still questioned about the weaving, and Jenny again demonstrated how easy it was. Miranda breathed a sigh of relief and said she was sure she could do that.
To my left, Ben, age 17, was amusing our youngest grandchild, Jody (4). He was genuinely enjoying making conversation that was of interest and joy to a four-year-old. And she at age 4 was telling him a story about when she was a little girl! Too funny! Katie, age 12, was playing a game with a group of younger children at the dining room table keeping them busy and happy. Earlier, several of the girls were practicing playing hymns together on their violins and flute. Oh, and yes, all the adults were quietly visiting with each other, and catching up on the news of the week.
Back to the title of this little story, “Today Is Your Future.” Well, your children are becoming what they will be. What you do today will impact their future. The quilting girls began with an embroidery kit, learned to stitch, and then quilted a pillow, and now are going on to their own projects and enjoying every minute of it. The “history” girls were expressing a love of learning interesting things, and enjoying discussing what they had been learning. The bakers were building their baking experiences one pie at a time. Katie can easily take over a group of children and amuse them. Ben can work hard, participate in the adult conversations, but this day he had chosen to be a servant and amuse a little one so the parents could relax and enjoy one another.
Shall I go on? After Sunday dinners, Rose, Melody, Miranda, and Julie head up the kitchen cleanup crew, and the others, Katie, Jenny, Lauren all pitch in. The older guys take care of the trash and general pickup. It is a blessed day! How did it get this way? One step at a time, and no step is unimportant.
But back to the title, “Today Is Your Future.” What especially blessed me is that the girls were not discussing boys, makeup, movies, and etc. They were not gossiping. They were talking about quilting and baking and history. Their minds were filled with good things. And so where am I going with this? Keepers and Contenders’ handbooks are filled with wholesome things to interest your children. They are life builders and family builders. One small skill leads to another. These skills help to make young people competent, and help them prepare for their future. And yes, I am still incredibly blessed that my own grandchildren are learning these skills too, and am equally blessed to see my grandchildren develop into beautiful and godly young people. I won’t be here to see the ends of their lives, but I have a glimpse of their futures, and I am grateful.
You, too, can bless your children by helping them become the kind of adult that you and God would like them to be. The teaching and training is each day, for their future depends on this day. Make the days count, and when the future comes, you will be blessed!