A SIMPLE LIFE
Read 1 Timothy 6: 6-12
What does the LORD require of you but to do
justice, and to love kindness, and to
walk humbly with your God?
My grandfather led a simple life; he was always content
with whatever he received. He developed a good command
of the English language as he worked with doctors and
missionaries before and after India gained its independence.
After he retired, my grandfather dedicated his life to
language and literature. He taught English to school children
and seminary students. He wrote innumerable meditations
and articles for Christian periodicals. He also wrote Christian
books. His use of English helped connect me to a wider
At age 88, my grandfather died. From his funeral, we
could see his powerful impact on the lives of those he
encountered and that he had earned tremendous respect
from our family and society. Through his simple lifestyle,
he had used his talent in language to raise the Lord’s name
higher — adding joy and peace to other people’s lives.
Our world often praises
only those who dream big
and achieve “great” things.
But then there are those
who work in smaller ways
with their God-given gifts
to touch our lives and make them better. In today’s restless
world that’s a challenge for us all.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the people who have led us
to you and have shown us how to live simply so that we can
appreciate your blessings. Amen.
Rohan P. Diarsa (Gujarat, India)
Prayer Focus: GRANDPARENTS
— Micah 6: 8 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Who has shown me how
to live faithfully?