His Truth, Parenthetically Speaking

I have a place…

March 31, 2011

Today as I was bouncing from meeting to meeting, feeling energized by all the creativity around me, I found a moment for a bio break (that’s what you call it at work, as a stay at home mama we called it going tee tee, one of the many adjustments I had to make).  On my way I saw Mr. Don Leech  (one of the founders of DaySpring)coming down the hall.  Anytime I can steal some moments with him, I’m going to!

As he sat down in one of the yummy brown leather chairs in our foyer, I approached him took his hand and introduced (actually re introduced) myself.  I sat down in the chair next to him, leaned in close and told him thank you.  Thank you for your obedience, thank you for the choices you made 40 years ago, thank you for your consistency, thank you for seeking the LORD, thank you for taking the steps ordered for you. 

Because of his choices (and the choices of the other founders as well), I have a place.  I have a place to grow professionally, to minister to coworkers; to do work that has meaning, to touch the lives of the many that engage with the products we produce.

I have a place…

Now it’s my turn to prepare a place, a place for the next generation.  A place for them to minister, to be godly wives, godly mamas, godly coworkers, godly friends. 

And it’s your turn, your turn to find your place (after all there is only one you and if you don’t play your part, who will?).  Your turn to prepare a place for the next generation. 

Why?

To make a better community, not really (that’s nice, but temporary).  To make a better America, not really (that’s nice, but temporary).  To make a better world, not really (that’s nice, but temporary).  So why?

Why find your place? Why prepare a place for the next generation?

For one reason and one reason only (although there will be other benefits, the motive is singular). 

So that no one will malign the Word of God! (Titus 2:5b)

The gospel is what drove the founders of DaySpring 40 years ago, and now as I enter the building it’s what drives me! 

I want to make choices and decisions in all areas of my life in order to do what the ones before me did-make a place for the future generations!

Where’s your place? 

It may be in the schools, the workplace, your neighborhood, overseas, it may change (probably will change) as you pass from season to season.  But regardless of where your place is, will you join me with a single minded motive and prepare a place so that no one will malign the Word of God?!

Titus 2:4,5

Then they (older women) can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

  • Ashlee March 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    What an awesome charge for us all. Thanks for the reminder and for being my example today:)

  • Steve Buerer June 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Don Leech – He was one of my father’s dorm mates at Pasadena College (now Point Loma Nazarene University) in the early 1940s. I first met Rev. Leech in about 1958 as we visited Norwalk, CA Nazarene as we vacationed from Sacramento, He was a gracious host.

    The next time we met, was about 1976. I had opened Gospel Music and Books in Nampa, Idaho. I was as green and ignorant about Christian bookstores as they come. We met again at the national Christian Booksellers Association convention. Anaheim Convention center, I believe. We bought note cards and other inspirational cards from Dayspring. We loved the business and the chance to share Christ in that means.

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