“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV)
When my grandsons came for a sleepover, I asked Alex if he would like me to bake him a blackberry pie to take home. “Yes,” he said and smiled. And his older brother Peter offered to help make it.
Before we could begin mixing pie dough, the phone rang. “We had a cancellation and your husband can see the doctor this morning.” My husband felt sick and had been discouraged when there were no openings. This was an answer to prayer, and we took the appointment.
“I’m sorry we can’t bake a pie after all,” I told the boys. “I need to take Grandpa to the doctor.” The boys were disappointed, but they didn’t complain. “Maybe another time,” I said.
Days later, as I began writing a lesson on faithfulness for my grandparenting Bible study, I felt God nudge me to surprise the boys with a blackberry pie. I would see them in a few days when our family gathered for a birthday party.
On the morning of the party, I was trying to beat the clock to meet a writing deadline. I really didn’t have time to bake a pie. I had a dilemma. Should I bake a pie for my grandsons or write? Was this the “maybe another time?”
When my grandsons came to the party, I said, “Alex, I have a surprise for you.” I revealed the pie, and Alex beamed and thanked me. Then he proudly carried the pie to his parents’ car.
In Luke 16:10 (NASB) it says, He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
I’m not sure if baking the pie was a little or big thing. But I felt it was important to keep my word to my grandsons and show them what it looks like to follow through with what you say you’ll do.
According to my pastor, faithfulness is evident in our lives when we keep our vows, promises, and agreements (Ecclesiastes 5:4) and finish assignments we accept (1 Corinthians 4:2).
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About Lydia Harris
Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."