The Three Most Powerful Words

Almost always, the answer was the same. “How did your game go?” I’d ask. “Good,” he would reply. “How did you do?” . . . “Good.”

The response wasn’t a curt put-off, nor was it a rote reaction. It was offered honestly, and almost always with enthusiasm. . . . It didn’t matter if the final score was 1-0 or 100-0. It didn’t matter if he had knocked home the winning run or if he had struck out every time at bat. It didn’t matter if the subject was sports, or school, or family or something else.

“How were things?” . . . “Good.”

He had so much perspective for a little boy. . . . Sports were like the rest of life. Taking part was what made it worthwhile. . . . Gus found happiness just in taking part.

It wasn’t just sports. It was choir and student council at school. It was violin lessons. It was a birthday party at a friend’s house. . . . Every day was a new day, a time for a new experience. Life was good.

But life ended for a positive and uncomplaining and involved little boy last Sunday in a fire in Silver Plume, Colorado.

There were so many things undone. We hadn’t gone to get Junior Zephyrs cards for this year yet. We hadn’t made our trek north to watch the dirt-track races at Erie, Colorado. . . . What we had done, though, was communicate through ten short years. And we had ended every night we were together with the same words: “I love you.”

Please let me say it one more time. “Gus, I love you.”

—Todd Phipers, The Denver Post

Three little words. Because they are often hard to say, because we so easily forget, we need to stay in practice. Todd would give everything he owns to be able to say them to Gus tonight.

Adapted from Charles R. Swindoll, “Week 3 Weekend: Think It Over,” in The Finishing Touch: Becoming God’s Masterpiece (Dallas: Word, 1994), 45. Copyright © 1994 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Posted in Love, Parenting.

Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.