By Lavern Nissley
Encompass Executive Director
My Dad and my son, Josh, both have the same birthdays on June 8 - 39 years apart. I always start thinking about this unique historical overlap as the month of June begins. This year Josh and Emily are expecting a son, but my Dad won't get to meet him as he passed last November.
It got me thinking about my future great-grandchildren, hoping I get to meet at least a few. Likely our age gap would be 70-80 years. What would I want to give them that would enrich their lives? What life hacks could I offer them that would still be relevant in their generation? Here goes . . .
I am well over halfway through my life. You're just beginning yours. As I look back over my years on this planet I see many, many changes that have happened. Believe or not, the internet didn't even exist until I was about 12 years old, and then it was another 20 years or so until it became something ordinary people began using. I can't imagine how things will change in your lifetime, long after I'm no longer here.
But I do know that some things are so valuable, so timeless, and so universal that I'm confident in passing them along to you as my great grandchildren. Implementing them will virtually guarantee a life of faithfulness, fruitfulness and fulfillment.
"The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”
(Written especially in honor of my father, David Nissley, 1933-2021, and in celebration of his great-grandson to be born this August, 2022. Additionally, our three granddaughters Ali, Charlie, and Maddie are well on their way to making a positive difference through their lives.)
6/2/2022 01:44:14 pm
fantastic, Lavern, thanks for sharing! Love this!
6/2/2022 02:22:53 pm
Very nice sentiment and words to live by.
6/2/2022 02:54:13 pm
Well said, my friend. I’m confident that had I felt prompted to write to my great-grandchildren I would have given similar directions. At least I hope so because these are stellar. BTW, I also used to think Steven Covey said that but I have since learned that it is actually a Saint Francis of Assisi quote.
6/2/2022 08:56:04 pm
Beautiful words and thoughts for all! Thank you Lavern.
6/3/2022 07:16:59 am
When one writes with his heart and his heart is fixed on the Lord, his words can feed others’ hearts. Reading this, I am full this morning.
6/3/2022 07:47:25 am
I love this Laverne. Though I believe I will have more than the 7 grandchildren I have, great grandchildren are not too many years away. They are my motivation to stay active and healthy and to live a long life ( though heaven will be so much better 😊). My prayer is that my life, as witnessed by my children, grandchildren and greats, will be a living testimony of the precious love of our Savior.
6/3/2022 09:00:58 am
These words are true for anyone to live by & certainly provoke thoughts of legacy & pieces of a life well lived with wisdom attached. Love the way you & your dear wife are so intentional to live your why. Thank you for sharing your thoughts that I could glean from.
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Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.