“Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8, NET).

Why have we been led away from believing in the God that our parents taught about?  Who, or what, led us away?  Being raised by my grandparents, my grandpa was by far my best teacher.  His faith in God was real, and it showed in every attribute of his life.

In one of my visits to the hospital in his last days, he recited the words from the song “I Believe,” sung by Jimmy Fortune.  I saw tears in his eyes as he repeated those words, telling me how he believes in Heaven and in a man named Jesus.

Grandpa had always prayed for me.  He knew that I had spent my life wandering, and he wanted me to come home.  He was ninety-three, and in the last stretch of his days on earth, all he could think about was the lost souls who need Jesus.

It hit me that day, as I listened to him, just how much he believed in God and the Son who had been sent to earth to be the Savior of the world.  Why had I doubted?  

Grandpa got to see his prayers for me answered before he went to Heaven as I stopped wandering.  After wasting forty years of my life, I now have made it my mission to pray for those who need to find their way home. 

So, who or what led you away?  Do you think that they know better?

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