We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Ps. 78:4)

“What’s this?” asked Sharon, pointing to a book entitled Grace and Power. Sharon was in Pastor Jim’s office to interview him for a school assignment. Reaching across his desk, he opened the book to a photograph of him along with Sharon’s parents, dedicating the infant Sharon to the Lord. He told her, “This is a new book full of testimonies of what God has done in the lives of this congregation.” God brought Sharon’s parents out of a life of drug abuse and sexual sin. One of their first steps spiritually was to present their baby daughter to Him. Sharon told Pastor Jim, “I saw that picture years ago, but I’d forgotten about it. It’s part of a story worth remembering.”

Do you make it a point to pass down stories of God’s grace to those who are younger—whether to your own children or to the children of others? The most important story, of course, is that Jesus came to redeem us from sin. However, each story of a life turned around by God since Jesus’ death and resurrection is also worth telling. Be certain to tell others how God found and rescued you by His grace. Those younger—or younger in the faith—will benefit from hearing how He worked in your life, and will be inspired to trust Him for even greater things in their lives as well.

Tell the “old, old story,” and your story as well.

Paul Zinter has served as a pastor and editor. He enjoys writing, bread making, and teaching at his local church.