Everyone Has a Story to Tell BY JEREMY ISAACS
Several years ago, my grandmother gave each of her grandkids a small book that she had written and bound. Each page was filled with stories of faith that she personally had experienced. There were stories of answered prayers she and my grandfather had prayed over the previous 50-plus years. There were stories of wonderful sermons she had heard, or church services she had attended. Each page was different, and very powerful. When she presented these books to each of us, she informed us of her motive. It was her desire that, while she was still able to remember the wonderful things God had done, she would make sure her family knew as well. What a thoughtful and forward-thinking idea. Perhaps one of the saddest verses in the Bible is Judges 2:10, which says, “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.” While that might not seem all that sad to you, keep in mind that the Lord had done some amazing things for Israel in the previous generation or two. He used Moses to lead as many as 1 million Hebrews out of the Egyptian bondage of slavery. They spent 40 years in the desert preparing to inhabit the land that was promised to their forefather, Abraham, 700 years before,
all the way back in the book of Genesis. Upon entering the Promised Land, they defeated enemies, inhabited new land, and established themselves as a new nation … and then they stopped telling their stories. I can’t imagine that. These stories included frogs, locusts, darkness, water turning to blood, walking across a large body of water on dry land as God supernaturally rolled the waters back, defeating giants, and so much more. But, eventually, their children didn’t know. The question for us is this: “What stories do you have that need to be shared with your children and grandchildren?” Unfortunately, there will come a day when each of us no longer will be able to share these stories. So, we must be intentional to share them while we can. It doesn’t have to be in a book. Maybe, it’s a time of sharing after the turkey has been eaten and the table is cleared. Perhaps, it’s just an email or letter written and sent. No matter what method you use, don’t put it off one more day. You have a story to tell, and someone needs to hear it.
Jeremy Isaacs is the lead pastor of Canton Church. He and his wife, Corrie, live in Canton and have four children. He blogs regularly at jeremyisaacs.org.
Football Schedule 8/31 9/9
@ Samford vs. Tennessee Tech
7 pm L 23-28 7 pm W 27-14
@ Alabama State
8 pm W 20-14
vs. N Greenville
vs. Texas Southern
@ Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb
6 pm 7 pm
@ Montana State
vs. Charleston Southern 3 :30 pm
AROUND CANTON | October 2017
2:30 pm 2 pm TBD
Football Schedule 9/2 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/28 11/4 11/11
@ Cincinnati Christian @ Faulkner vs. Webber Int. Univ. vs. Bethel Univ. @ Point Univ. vs. Cumberland vs. Union College (KY) @ Univ. Pikeville vs. Bluefield College @ St. Andrews Univ.
1:30 pm 1:30 pm 1:30 pm 1:30 pm 7 pm 1:30 pm 6 pm 1:30 pm 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
W 53-7 W 54-31 canceled W 33-0