Saturday, March 16, 2019

Leaving A Legacy


 

One generation will commend your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4 

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. Proverbs 13:22


A legacy can be many things I guess. When I looked up the actual definition it said, “a gift or bequest.”  I’ve heard people refer to their legacy in terms of how they want to be remembered.  Never have I given much, if any thought about my legacy, until the other day that is.

          A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting my son’s church on a week when he was leading the worship portion of the service. My son, Jeffrey, is a very talented musician in many areas. He’s good at entertaining people but when he steps up to lead worship it takes his talent to an entirely different level. To say that he is anointed is not an exaggeration.

          So there I was at that service singing along with my boy (keep in mind he’s a foot taller than I and in his mid-thirties, my “boy”) when I realized, “Wow! I had a part in bringing this blessing to this very church.” It was definitely a proud mama, that’s my kid, moment. It wasn’t until just a couple of days ago that I connected that to my “legacy.”

          I was driving along listening to an old Third Day song that includes the lyric, “My light shines on.” The lyric repeats several times. As I was singing along I was reminded of watching Jeffrey sing, of seeing his gift. I did not give him that talent or further, the ability to use it so well for God’s glory but I did give birth to him.

          Jeffrey is my legacy, as are his brothers, Paul and Joseph and his sister Laura. They all have children of their own and it is my fervent hope that the seeds of grace that I planted in my children will continue in their children.

          Second Timothy 1:5 says,  I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. Next to it in my Bible I have written, “I hope one day that it can be said of my grandchildren, 'your sincere faith that fist lived in your grandmother Tricia and in your mother Laura/Erin/Stephanie.'  I want my children and my children by marriage to have great faith and to pass it to their children.

          Some people leave fortunes, buildings, great works of art, music or literature. Maybe one of my children or grandchildren will leave something like that. Maybe one of them will cure a deadly disease or make some other huge discovery or invent something life changing. I will not be doing any of those things. I only hope that the faith I see in my loved ones now grows and grows and all of our lights shine on to reflect God’s glory.         

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Love Child


 

I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

Many years ago there was a Supremes song called “Love Child.” It told the story of children born to parents who had not bothered to get married before conceiving them. There was a lot of shame and humiliation implied in the lyrics. The singer is saying that she will not make that mistake or cast that shame onto her own child.

          Those lyrics may seem a bit odd in these days where children born outside of marriage are pretty much the norm. Still the message is there, we aren’t good enough based on the facts or circumstances of our early life. Sad. The sins of the parents should not determine the value of the child. Thankfully they don’t. Nor do our own sins determine our value to our Father.

          Read the verse above again. “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” It doesn’t say, “I have loved you, the child born to the two happily married people, the child who does everything right or the child who has never even contemplated sin.” No! It says “you.” Therefore whoever “you” are as you read it, this verse means you.

          Put your name in it. “I have loved you, ____ with an everlasting love.”  Do you see that?  We are all loved. I am a love child and you are too! Guess what? That’s not something to make us feel shame. That is the truly the best news ever!

          In God’s eyes, to be God’s love child, is to be fully protected, cared for and covered in love and mercy.

          A few decades ago “love child” had a different connotation. I can’t help but wonder how many of those children missed the message that they were loved and that they were wanted. That they had a purpose.  What I absolutely do not want is for anyone to miss that message ever again.

          Psalm 139 tells us that we are God’s creation, that we cannot move out of his sight or reach, that we are in fact, fearfully, beautifully wonderfully made. Genesis 1 tells us that we are made in God’s image. That is love for sure!

          Embrace the fact that you are a Love Child. Listen to that old song and know that you are the antithesis of every word it says. You are loved, no matter how you got here, when you got here or who helped bring you here. You are loved.