The world lost two very special women this week, Fances McDonnell and Kim Newlen. Though they had never met, their lives shared several common threads. They were mothers, daughters, both had breast cancer, and they both left behind a legacy of love for their family.
As I read Kim’s obituary earlier this week, I was in awe AND inspired by all she accomplished in her short life. I didn’t know Kim personally, but I did have the pleasure of talking with her for about an hour on the phone one afternoon. Her joy and love for the Lord was evident throughout our conversation.
However, I did know Frances quite well, as she was Rob’s grandmother (on his mom’s side). And though she didn’t accomplish the same kind of things Kim did, her life was no less impressive. And that was clear as our family gathered with Pastor Hancock to share memories of her life.
Recalling the last 86 years, sounds of laughter filled the room, hearts were warmed and eyes welled with tears. She lived a full life and touched many in the process.
As each of us reminisced over experiences and times we shared with ‘Grandma’ I couldn’t help but wonder what would people say about my life when I am gone. I am sure they would laugh at times spent, but what about the things that really matter?
What about issues of the heart? Am I quick to forgive? Am I quick to lend a helping hand to those in need? Do I look for the best in others? Do I walk the walk and talk the talk? What kind of spiritual legacy am I leaving for my children?
These questions and many more have definitely been in the forefront of my mind this week.
No matter who we are…we all leave behind some kind of legacy. The question is what kind?
Thankfully, you and I are still here to change that if we aren’t satisfied with our answer.
So, what will they say at your funeral?
“How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth: the generation of the upright will be blessed.”