This week I was sharing texts with 2 people who were waiting for babies to be born. One was going to be a brand new grandmother and the other a brand new Auntie. Both excited to meet these two new human beings that would someday leave an imprint in this world.
Then last night I had the privilege of attending a dinner for a man who was celebrating his 82nd birthday and listening to his family get up and describe how he had left such a great legacy on his family, the town, the schools, and made such an impression to future generations. It got me thinking about how important it is to make sure the things you bring and leave to this life make a difference to those around you.
I used to just “live for the moment.” I didn’t care what others thought and if they didn’t like it, well…too bad! But age sometimes bring wisdom. So does faith. I listen to another voice now when I am going about my day. I pray about what kind of blessing I can be to others each and every day. I want to make sure people feel the peace I feel just by being able to get up and be in a country where we can do whatever we want, whenever we want. We should NOT take this lightly. In these times when there is so much turmoil and unsettling of opinions and danger of other people’s agendas, we still have a choice to do the right thing. We are leaving an imprint in this world, good or bad.
There is a bible verse that goes like this:
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5; 1&2
When I think about what a legacy Jesus left for us, it brings me to tears. Whether you believe in this or not, it’s quite a story! I believe it because I have and do feel God’s presence all the time and have witnessed his love for me on several occasions. The sacrifice He gave to us is “golden.” DON’T WASTE IT!
This life is meant to be shared. You are meant to help, be loving, encouraging, selfless and a comfort. People are watching you. Children and teens are watching you. God is watching you. Are you going to waste His perfect creation? He formed you perfectly to make a difference! Think about this as you go about your day. You may be responsible for future generations, so be careful how you present yourself. Make your words count. Be passionate, excited and happy about your life…God wants to see you make it count!