After days of suffering, my husband’s great aunt took her last breath early this morning. O, how that woman loved her Jesus so I imagine the party is still going on! On every visit she asked about our church and expressed how much she missed attending. Soon we will gather as family and friends to remember Mary Sue’s life. I expect to hear stories about the many cards she sent, the impact she had as a teacher, and how she loved her Lord.
Thinking of her influence causes me to pause and think about mine. What kind of legacy will I leave behind?
As I continue through 2 Kings 15, I encounter king after king living ungodly lives and leading the people of Israel to follow along. Over and over through the accounts the same name keeps coming up.
“He (current king) did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit.” 2 Kings 15:9
The sentence occurs multiple times in the books of the Kings. Jeroboam was the one who led Israel to break away from Solomon’s son. One hundred fifty years have passed to get where I read in the Word today and yet his name was still used in connection to the evil occurring in Israel.
Jeroboam’s legacy was most certainly not one I want to emulate.
So what am I doing about it, today?
A godly legacy is not established by one trip to the altar but by each step of each day. Time to ask the hard questions-
How do I treat others? How do I spend my money? What example am I setting for my children? How am I pouring myself into my church family and community? How am I resting and refreshing my soul in God’s Word? Am I worshiping God in word and deed, everyday?
Lord, I want my life to reflect your glory back to you with every thing I do and say. At the end of my life, I want others to be amazed at you and at what you could do in this very ordinary gal. Amen!