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McCoy: At all times, lead by example
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I will lift you up high, my God, the true king. I will bless your name forever and always. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and always.

The Lord is great and so worthy of praise! God’s greatness can’t be grasped. One generation will praise your works to the next one, proclaiming your mighty acts.

Psalm 145:1-4

(Common English Version)

When I was a little girl, my grandmother lived with us and stayed with the children so my parents could work. And how they worked.

Mom always worked hard in the jobs that she had throughout the years and then came home to more work at home with the house, children and farm, and Dad worked as a full-time carpenter, full-time pastor and full-time farmer.

It simply didn’t make sense to us children at the time why our parents worked so hard and such long hours, but we grew to understand that if you don’t work, you don’t eat.

So my grandmother gave us mental and spiritual food by teaching us while my parents worked to provide the physical necessities that we enjoyed and gave us an example of a great work ethic.

I remember countless days of my grandmother using the regular ordinary events of life to teach us about God’s love and God’s grace.

But no matter how much she taught us and how much my parents were away working, she reminded us of who our real parents were.

She taught us so much about life’s lessons with her words, and our parents taught us one of the most important life lessons through their example: If you work hard, you will make it.

It won’t always be easy, but you just keep working at it and ask God for guidance and wisdom and strength, and God will never let you down.

The Psalmist was the king of the nation of Israel, which was much larger in those days than it is today. But no matter how much power and authority King David had, he knew that the true king is God, and he praised God’s name in good times and in bad.

Notice that he didn’t say, "I will bless you on the good days." He said, "I will bless you every day."

Sometimes we have good days and sometimes we have bad days, but if we remember to do as King David did, and as my parents and grandmother taught, if we honor and praise God every day, God will honor our efforts and help us through whatever we face. Times will not always be easy, but God is always with us.

How are you praising God every day, regardless of your circumstances? How are you teaching future generations to praise God?

Rev. Jan McCoy is the associate pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church in downtown Covington. She may be reached at