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Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Legacy Worth Leaving

As I sort through the aftermath of yesterday's celebration and take count of new bruises formed from hours of play, I'm jolted back into reality. Emails to write, books to read, pictures to edit...my never ending and always extending "to do" list looms large in front of me. And a different kind of gratefulness whelms deep in my soul.

Yesterday was the anniversary of Sono Harris going home to be with Jesus. Outside my own mother, she is the woman that has probably made the greatest impact on my life thus far. And all without saying a word to me.

She dedicated herself to raising up godly children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Trusting in the promises of God that it would not be in vain. I can't tell you how many times during my teenage years that I would listen to her oldest son's exhortations to not waste this time as it is the "launching pad for life." My early twenties were spent "doing hard things" as her twins set an example of how to take each opportunity to "do as unto the Lord." I prayed and wept with another son and his wife as I read their testimony of trusting God as they lost their baby girl.

And now as I hit the late twenties, I'm working toward leaving that kind of legacy. Not the kind of success that comes from $, a large network, or my name on everyone's lips. Not even necessarily one where thousands attend my funeral someday. But one in which souls have been impacted eternally for the glory of Christ. Be it just through interacting with those around me or like Sono and my own mom, raising up children in the Lord. In the lineup of life goals, making an eternal difference is the greatest legacy worth leaving.

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Anonymous said...

Very good points Lydia. We should be striving to leave the right legacy, as we will all leave a 'legacy' of some sort, for sure. It's like someone saying they do not have a relationship with the Lord. What is better said is that they do not have a good relationship with the Lord. They do have one, however broken and bad it is. (Fortunately, He has offered to fix it.)