Siblings can become very close. That was certainly true for Theodore and Amity.
But as time went on, Amity contracted cancer. The doctors told her she could have surgery to try and remove the tumor. But since she was getting older and feeling weaker, there was a chance she either wouldn’t survive or would go downhill more quickly afterward.
She decided not to have the operation.
Through it all, several times a week, Theodore would visit her. He noticed that in addition to dealing with cancer, she was losing her memory. She remembered something about the possibility of a surgery, but that was about it.
So every visit, Amity would ask her brother about the surgery, and why it wasn’t happening. He would gently remind her about her own decision to not go through with it and why. Amity would thank Theodore for the explanation, and say that she agreed.
This happened every time he visited. Theodore served as Amity’s memory.
It’s a simple story. And a beautiful one. Two siblings. As one became forgetful, the other would serve as her living memory.
I sometimes think we live in a time of cultural amnesia. People can so easily forget what’s important. About how to honour God. About how to care for each other. And about how to work hard for what is right.
That’s why you and I—as followers of Jesus—are Theodore.
On our better days, we can be the living memory in our society of what it means to honour God, to care for each other, and to work hard for what is right.
Speaking to his followers in Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”
Do you always get it right? Nope. Are you flawed? Yup. But you don’t need to be perfect to have an impact.
Oh, one more thing. The name “Theodore” means God-given.
And you are.
By Matthew Ruttan
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