My parents, Tom and Caroline Pelt are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss! This week I want to share with you a series of short lessons I have and continue to learn from their Godly example.
Lesson 1 – Perspective. “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
Through all of the challenge and stuff of life, marriage, parenting and ministry, Dad and Mom have modeled what it means to live, laugh and love through it all. They have faced many of the heartaches and dissapointments most face over the course of 50 years, but by God’s grace, have managed to do it without taking themselves and their circumstances too seriously. In addition to work (Dad still serving in ministry and Mom still teaching pre-school), they have taken time for daily devotions, to date each other, to play Rook and Dominoes with family and friends, visit extended family, to fish together, go to a thousand ball games, music and drama performances of kids and grandkinds, and enjoy other simple pleasures. Nothing too extreme, just a steady diet of the things that truly satisfy. They haven’t been afraid to trust God enough to laugh at themselves and life in general. Sure, Dad’s country humor may seem a little “goofy” sometimes, but I am becoming more an more like him in this area and, whether people are laughing with us or at us, at least they are laughing!
Dad and Mom have kept things in perspective, God’s perspective, knowing that Jesus is Lord of all and we are living for more than just this life. My prayer is to continue to learn from their example and keep things a little lighter, a little more in God’s perspective.
Thanks Dad and Mom!