Faster, Better Laps

baton of faith

Don’t drop the baton. Let those behind you build on your faith.


The five Walterman siblings are doing something they seldom do … get together.

Now spread across the country, from Georgia to Arizona and from Texas to Idaho, being together takes a little effort. But here we are – from oldest to youngest – having a grand time. The Psalmist was right when he penned, “How good and how pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) 

As the eldest of the DeVore and Joyce Walterman family it does not escape me that the five of us are now at the very top of the family ladder. Everyone else follows behind us.

As we look back and exchange digital pictures and recall precious and some not-so-precious memories it reminds us of the continual stream of life. As some of us finish our parts and prepare to exit stage left … new players are rehearsing their lines and about to enter stage right.

As those who have run more laps than we have left to run, our prayer is to see the succeeding generations run faster and better laps than we ran – to rely on the same divine guidance system that we learned to depend on – to anchor their lives to the same truths that held us steady through sunshine and storm.

Note the Scriptural pattern for generational progress:

“We will not hide these truths from our children … (for God) commanded

our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation

might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn

will teach their own children. So each generation should set its

hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying

his commands.” Psalm 78:4-7 New Living Translation 

Between we five kids and our spouses we have in excess of 600 years of walking with God. That includes an enormous number of miracles witnessed, tens of thousands of signs in our lives that obeying God’s commands and following his plans makes all the sense in the world.

Should it surprise anyone that we want our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to have a record of our walk with God? Should anyone find it odd that we would strive to pass on our faith to those who chronologically follow us?

Our prayer should be: May all who come behind us find that we walked faithfully with each other and with our God and were blessed in doing so!


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