A Doubly Better Version

IMG_0654Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. ~Welsh Proverb

That may not be the best theology. . .certainly perfect love always comes in Jesus. . .but something has happened to me that I’ve not ever known before!  Jacob “Grey” Stevenson arrived yesterday and I might never be the same.

He’s 9lbs 4 oz, 21 inches long and already stealing our hearts with those dimples.

What is ahead for this little man?

My hopes are very high!  Not long ago, one of my nieces was bragging on her cousin, my son Jacob, the father of Jacob Grey.  This is how she described him:  “He’s a better version of you!”

I have to admit, my first reaction was negative. . .we are a competitive family.  I wanted to know what was better about him than me!  But the truth is, there’s not much that could be better than that.  My son is a better version of me.  It really is true.  In fact it is biblical.  When we love God with all of our heart, mind and strength, we have the promise of His blessing following our generations.

That is what is ahead for Grey.  Like the river in Ezekiel 47, this Stevenson blessing is going to increase in volume and velocity.  We are already looking toward the day when he will respond to the overwhelming grace of Jesus Christ.  We anticipate the presence, purity and power of Christ’s Holy Spirit bringing clarity to his mind, strength to his body and anointing to his walk with Jesus.

As a family, we will be faithful as Gospel witnesses. IMG_0660

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4 ESV

I often marvel at my son and his amazing wife.  They love Jesus, love each other and love the church.  Grey will be raised in a home with divine resources: abundant joy, eternal hope and surpassing love.

I have been blessed.  Jacob is more blessed.  And Grey will be the doubly blessed version.  Hallelujah!

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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