It’s no secret to those who know me well, that I’m a history buff. Ask my kids. I've drug them all over the country to see battlefields and national treasures. To me there is something special about learning about and visiting moments in the past that have impacted our present. To my children, not so much I think.
That interest for me goes beyond what’s in the history books. In recent years I’ve developed a passion for unearthing my family’s roots. In that research I have not only discovered hundreds of years of ancestry, but also I’ve also found “lost” family members.
If history is a “dry” subject to you, consider that it is more meaningful, when it is your own history - when you can place yourself in places and times past. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize and appreciate the people whose influence and friendship helped shape me through the years.
That’s why I go to youth group reunions even though I haven't been a teenager in 40 years. It’s why I look for ways to thank my pastors and professors who taught me academics and God’s Word. It’s why I rekindle friendships when I can with long-lost friends on Facebook.
I had one of those “historical” moments this past Tuesday. An old childhood friend had died, so I made the trip to Jacksonville, NC for the funeral. I saw some people I had not seen in over 45 years. We reminisced and had a great time telling old stories and laughing a lot.
Driving after the service to the cemetery on the other side of town I began to realize, “This must be the place!” And as I turned off the highway into the cemetery, indeed, on my left was the pond where Pastor Walter Kirk had baptized me in August, 1966. Baptized in a cemetery pond…but that’s another story for another time.
It was my first return to that special place in my life in almost half a century. It was where I publicly professed Jesus as my Savior and began a life-long journey of following Him. That's historic!
Treasure your history. If you are a believer, it is His story in your life. And share that story with your family and friends.