As I plunged into the pool this morning to swim my laps, I thought of my friend, Kristen, and how much she loved to swim. Kristen passed away almost 2 years ago and I cannot think of her without the word LEGACY coming to mind. Leaving a legacy. She gave me the greatest gift when she showed me what it was like to give your life away and love the people in front of you. That leaves an eternal legacy. She taught this to me and I pray I can model it for those around me, in spite of my shortcomings.
So I started to think....what if? What if we approached life with a greater purpose and focused our attention on what really matters? It would change everything. In our busy lives, we miss opportunities that are right there. Such amazing blessings in front of us but we don't see them. Well, today is a new day! I love that about life. So what if?
Many of us drive to church on Wednesdays.
What if we talked to some parents in our neighborhoods whose children are unchurched and asked if we could bring them each week? That reminds me of my neighbor, Kadeem, whose dad works 2 jobs and he was home alone at night and and he just needed a ride to youth group (and some mom love).
Many of us have our children in sports.
What if our team decided to sponsor starting a team in a third world country where they do not so much as have a ball to play with- much less shoes? That reminds me of the students at our school in Haiti whose love for soccer could be channeled into an incredible team but none of them have any of the equipment.
And yes, the shoe peeking out from the side of the picture belongs to my son while the others have no shoes. We are all a work in progress.
Many of us enjoy a sport ourselves.
What if we decided to take our love for that sport and make a difference for those who need us? That reminds me of a sweet friend who I met on an Inheritance of Hope retreat. A 42 year old mom with 2 children, ages 9 and 11, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on August 10th. We can run for Inheritance of Hope and raise money so that families like Lisa's can go on a family retreat and make precious memories.
Many of us take family vacations.
What if we decided this year we will take a mission trip together as a family instead? That reminds me of so many families who have decided that serving together is the ultimate family vacation.
Many of you are already fulfilling your purpose and your lives reach so many. That is LEGACY. That is what changes everything.