So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:4-7
When was the last time you shared your story?
At the beginning of Joshua’s leadership, the people of Israel had wandered the desert to the brink of the promised land. It was a long journey with many twists and turns. A Generation of Israelites died and a new one born. There was much to be remembered and communicated to the next generation. The future spiritual lives of the next generation were dependent on the previous generation telling their story about God. Joshua was a man who understood the importance of clear reminders.
The principle here is evident: set clear reminders about your life that inspire those around you to ask about the meaning. When they ask, share your story about God. Use moments like these to build courage in the younger generation to continue to follow God. All men have a story, and it is important that each of us understand it, know it, and be prepared to share it with others to inspire them about the God who wrote it.