Nearly 500 years have passed since Columbus discovered America by supposedly “sailing over the edge of the earth.” This controversial explorer believed that the east side of the world could be reached by going west. His Italian compatriots gave little credence to such a radical idea. They resented this obscure dreamer who dared to presume himself wiser than all the rest of mankind. The “local reject,” however, soon left his homeland and claimed a new world for the Spanish empire that had underwritten his expeditions.
Much like the countrymen of Columbus, the people of Jesus day were offended by the Savior and His ministry. They discounted our Lord’s astonishing wisdom and power by remaining themselves that He was merely a hometown laborer. Disdainfully they said, “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary?” (Mark 6:3). How could they bow down to someone so opinionated who had grown up in their own neighborhood?
We too can easily take for granted the people with whom we are most familiar. Often those closest to us are starved for the attention and consideration we so freely lavish on casual acquaintances. Oh, how we should realize that the most important people in the world to us are our friends and the members of our own household! Although they may never achieve fame, they still deserve our highest esteem. Don’t wait until they go away to appreciate them! – Martin R. De Haan II
May we never take for granted
All the folks we know the best;
They are on oft the very people
By whose lives we’re truly blest. – D. J. De Haan
He is a fool who fawns over strangers, feuds with his friends, and fails his own family.
- August 7, 1987, Our Daily Bread