Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
These verses are a list that helps Christians appoint elders and deacons in their local church. Who are the elders and deacons at your congregation? What are the important qualities that men should have in order to be elders or deacons?
These verses show us how important our families are in helping us be good servants. If a man wanted to be an elder or deacon, what qualities should his wife and children have?
Sometimes we think of an elder or deacon as acting a certain way when we see him at church. We forget that he has a role to play at home, and that his home life is what makes him such a good elder and deacon for us.
Small Means and Great Ends is a collection of stories edited by Mrs. M.H. Adams published in 1851. The book may be read free online.
MY GRANDMOTHER’S COTTAGE
Of all places in the wide world, my own early home excepted, none seem to me more pleasing in memory than my grandmother’s cottage. Very often did I visit it in my boyhood, and well acquainted with its appearance within, and with almost every object around it, did I become. It stood in a quiet nook in the midst of the woods, about five miles from the pleasant seaport where I was born. The cottage was not a spacious one. It had but few rooms in it; but it was amply large for my aged grandparents, I remember. They lived happily there. My grandfather was somewhat infirm; my grandmother was a very vigorous person for one of seventy-five; this was her age at the time of my first recollection of her. She used to walk from her cottage to our home; and once I walked with her, but was exceedingly mortified that I could not endure the walk so well as she did.