President Abraham Lincoln would often visit wounded Civil War soldiers in hospitals across the Union. And on one occasion, he walked in to see a man who was near death.
So the President asked the dying soldier, “Son, is there anything I can do for you?”
The wounded man could hardly see, and didn’t recognize it was the President of the United States who was speaking with him. So he told him, “Yes, please write a letter to my mother for me.” So the President sat down and transcribed exactly what the soldier told him to write:
“My Dearest Mother, I was badly hurt while doing my duty, and I won’t recover. Don’t sorrow too much for me. May God bless you and Father. Kiss Mary and John for me.”
The young soldier was too weak to continue, so Lincoln signed the letter for him and then added this postscript: “Written for your son by Abraham Lincoln.”
Very often in life, Christians are called to do things outside of their normal roles in order to show love to a person in need. Maybe that means stopping your daily routine to help a friend. Or maybe it’s pulling your car over to help a stranger in need.
Don’t let your role or status limit the love you show for others. The greatest love you can give is a love that’s shown even when it isn’t convenient. And when you do, you’ll receive the remarkable blessing that comes with following Christ’s example of putting others first!
I hope you’ve been encouraged by this edition of our SeniorLife newsletter. And I want to invite you to explore more biblical resources on our website.
Thank you for your prayers, your support, and your heart to help more seniors embrace the life God intends. Virginia and I are grateful for you!