INSPIRING IDEAS FOR PERSONAL GROWTH

Faithful in Every Generation

During the brutal 1941 winter that hindered Nazi Germany’s invasion of Moscow, my grandmother — who lived in the Soviet Union — converted to the Christian faith. Seeing as indoor baptisms weren’t common in those days, she was baptized outside in some icy body of water. Whenever she told that story, she would say that the water felt nice and warm.

Around the same time period, my then atheistic grandfather was driving a supply truck across the frozen Lake Ladoga — sneaking goods into the besieged city of Leningrad. Exhausted and sleep deprived, he dozed off behind the wheel. Moments later, someone hit him on the shoulder and he opened his eyes to see the truck in front of him driving off into an ice hole. He managed to quickly steer away just in time to escape sharing the fate of the driver before him.

The fascinating part of that story is that he was the only one inside the truck.

Grandpa Gregory Lototsky

Soviet supply trucks crossing Lake Ladoga / Image curtesy of ww2today.com

After the war, my grandfather went on to adopt my mother and raised her in Kiev — the city where she would later meet my father.

Sometime after my parents got married, my father was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer. He attended an illegal church gathering in the woods — away from the sight of the Soviet authorities — received prayer, went back to the doctor for another test and no trace of cancer was found.

This is but a tip of the iceberg of stories pointing to the presence of the eternal Spirit of Life that has preserved my family for generations.

I’m confident that if you were to go back and recount all the stories of your family, you too would see God’s merciful hand protecting your lineage.

As Apostle Paul put it,

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies.”

The same Spirit that resurrected Jesus, is the same Spirit that has since then continuously prevailed over death in your family line. This is the only reason you and are alive today.

Jesus said that the enemy of humanity comes to kill, steal and destroy. If it weren’t for the Spirit of Life, you, me and everyone else would have long been but a notch on death’s belt.

So be encouraged. It is for a reason the Creator has been actively preserving your forefathers’ lives. It was all with you in mind. He preserved countless lives before you so that you could step unto the scene at this moment in history.

Therefore, your very existence proves your life has a purpose. Discover it, live it and make the most of it!

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