We live in a small town. Everyone knows you, your parents, your grandparents, your kids, and your grandchildren! When I met my husband, he told me there had been a “David” in the last 4 of 5 generations.

I like the name, “David,” and it was my idea to name our first child, “David Luke.” We called him “Luke” from the very beginning thinking that would keep things from getting confused.

I was wrong!

Our first clue that there was going to be problems was when my husband received a call from an old World War II buddy. He was looking for David’s great-uncle.

Our son grew up to look just like his dad and his first job was one block away from the lumberyard where David works.

One day, a man came into the lumberyard and said, “Weren’t you just working at the gas station?”

Sometimes, it’s funny. Like the look of confusion on the commanding officer’s face when Luke reported for duty at his dad’s old unit. In the army, he’s David. (He answers to both.) They served with some of the same officers.

Or the time Luke cut his hand at work, and when he gave his name and address at the hospital, the lady said, “You are already checked in for your physical therapy.” His dad was recovering from an injury at his job.


A few weeks before our wedding, we were counselors at a youth camp. On missions night we were told to put a pin in the map where we felt God was calling us to minister. David jumped up and put a pin in right away.

I froze in my seat!

What if he put his pin in Africa or China? What was I getting myself into?

When he returned to his seat, I asked him where he stuck his pin. He replied, “Fairfield, IA.” I was relieved.

Most people are called to live out their faith and share the gospel in their hometown. It’s a tough audience.

Luke 4:24, “But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.” NLT


Jesus never did create a side-show of people he had healed. Every day he healed someone new. Then he told them to witness to their own family.

Mark 5:19, “But Jesus said, ‘No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.'” NLT

Dear Lord,

Help me to be a good witness to my family and neighbors. They know me so well. I pray that they will see more of you in me every day. 


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