What Will Be My Legacy - May 2011
24 May 2011
Praise the LORD! Happy are those who fear the LORD. Yes, happy are those who delight in doing what he commands. 2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
Praise the LORD! Happy are those who fear the LORD. Yes, happy are those who delight in doing what he commands. 2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. 3 They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will never be forgotten. 4 When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. 5 All goes well for those who are generous, who lend freely and conduct their business fairly. 6 Such people will not be overcome by evil circumstances. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. 7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. 8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. 9 They give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will never be forgotten. They will have influence and honor. 10 The wicked will be infuriated when they see this. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted. Psalm 112 (NLT)
Jim and I recently attended a memorial service for my Uncle Bill – he was my dad’s oldest brother (first of ten children). The service was conducted by Uncle Bill’s four sons. They each did their own special part; singing, reading scripture, praying, and telling stories. He truly left a legacy. So many of the words in this Psalm were used to describe my Uncle Bill’s life; generous, compassionate, righteous, fair in business, good deeds.
When I was growing up, Uncle Bill and Aunt Della were like a second family to me. In fact, at one time I lived with them for a season to finish a term of school when my family moved to another state. And moving to another state and then even to another country is something that became normal for me and then for Jim and our girls. There’s always been a bit of envy for those like Uncle Bill and Aunt Della that have been able to stay in one place and have lifelong influence and stories that involve a certain place and people. But I have to say that what I have, what our family has is so special that I would not have wanted it any different.
All that to say, I have been thinking about what legacy I might be leaving for those that I have influence with. One of my daily prayers for me and for Jim is that we will have a long life. I don’t believe that is wrong and I will probably continue to pray that way, but I am also beginning more and more to think about and pray about what I am doing and what my legacy will be. I would be honored and humbled if some of the words in this Psalm also would describe me and my life. The truth is that whether we have the privilege of living in one place or of moving from place to place, we can and should have influence that affects the lives of those around us for good. Father, may that be so as I continue to love and serve you and those that I influence.