The major news item this past week was the death of one of our former Presidents, George H.W. Bush. I watched the coverage of his funeral services with great fascination. The music and the messages (eulogies) were quite stirring, especially the emotional eulogy given by his son, George W. Bush, another one of our former Presidents. I was especially intrigued by all the references made to Bush 41 as a decent and faithful FAMILY man, married for 73 years and a wonderful father and grandfather.
What will others say of us when we are gone, and they reflect upon our lives? Even someone as powerful and successful as a former President was laid to rest amidst accolades of praise in regards to his life as a family man. That is something to think about. All the power and prestige and popularity a man might achieve amounts to nothing if he is not a faithful husband and a good father.
The Bible says: "The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord" (Psa. 37:23). Jesus said: "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his own soul?" (Mark 8:36). Every indication was that George Bush was a Christian, his life being heavily impacted by Billy Graham. A thousand years from now, the only thing that will really matter is our own relationship with the Lord, and the impact we had, spiritually, on our family. Those are the things of eternal importance.
Allow me to conclude by quoting the last stanza of the Steve Green song entitled "Find Us Faithful":
"After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find,
O may all who come behind us find us faithful."