The other day I wrote a letter. Well, actually it was several letters taken from one primary concept.
“Honor your past” was a phrase Don & I repeatedly heard while in England attending a leadership conference this past February. When spoken (several times, by various speakers), it was one of those phrases that slipped deeply into our hearts and required us to take notice and respond.
My amazing husband knew immediately what God was asking him to do. So his obedience took place fairly soon after we arrived back in the States. He wrote letters of honor to significant people with whom he had served in a specific denomination. I on the other hand — being a ponderer — needed time to think and pray about what, if anything, God wanted me to do. So I pondered! For two more months!
One day, after those months of consideration, I was outside walking and praying (something I love to do), and it seemed as if God used the brilliant sunlit day to bring His light into my heart. Suddenly I KNEW what He was after! Immediately I sat down and wrote letters honoring people from my past. People who had played an important part in my life and with whom I had hit some very difficult times. Unfortunately, those difficult times resulted in our relationships being severed.
As I wrote the letters, my mind was filled with memories of all the special moments we had shared. I found myself with deep feelings of love and sincerity regarding how precious those times were to me then and what they meant to me now. My heart became invaded with honor for these “old friends” — for who they were back then, as well as the amazing people they had become. A great release overwhelmed me as I finished the letters! My heart felt as if a cage door had opened and I had stepped out into a vast expanse! The strange thing was — I hadn’t known my heart had been caged! But God did!
The Bible says to “Give honor to whom honor is due.” However, I am certain this command is impossible without God’s help. For it was definitely God who filled my heart with honor, helped me express it in words to some very wonderful people, and then brought incredible freedom and release to my own heart.
So today I give ALL HONOR to my wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ — to Him it is due!