It’s one of those mornings where I’ve spent way too much time checking the weather channel and WSAZ for any sign of a school delay.

The temperature here teeters between 32 and 34 degrees with a steady, bitter cold rain falling from the sky.

My Bible reading this morning was pretty much the genealogy of Esau, which in and of itself wasn’t that enlightening..

so-and-so begat so-and-so over and over again.

I kept thinking, “Why, of all things, is so much time given to genealogies in the Bible?”

Yet, I know this gives us a way to measure time and history, and it shows how people are connected to each other.

But then it hit me,

each of these “so-and-so’s” is a me and a you.

It’s someone who lived, breathed, impacted those around them, and then died.

They existed and that alone matters………

I hope.


Because one day, we will all be part of a list in a genealogy record, and then what?

I don’t know.


All I know is this:


either we don’t matter at all and we are just a stepping stone to the next generation


every person listed in Bible genealogies mattered greatly to those around them


And I’m just thinking the second statement is more true than the first.


We matter.


Maybe not to the whole planet, but we all matter.


So, today, my prayer is that you will see yourself as someone who matters to someone else.

Maybe it’s a kind word to an employee at a store or a note mailed to a hurting friend.

Maybe it’s something you do around your house that turns your house into a home…..

lighting a candle, turning on soft music…..

It’s up to you.


Just know today you are more than a name in a genealogy.

You matter.

And God is just as faithful today as He was two thousand years ago……..



Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God,

keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.