Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
I’ve thought often about the legacy I will leave when I’m gone, especially as I grow older. I want to leave a lasting legacy of good. I don’t have to be remembered by a lot of people. What’s more important is that people remember that “Jesus Led Me All The Way.”
5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
I want to leave my children and my children’s children the great gift of knowing and loving Jesus. I would be beyond happy, if when people spoke of me after I’m gone, they would say, “The only thing I can remember about Cheryl is that when she prayed for me, I felt the powerful presence of God.” It would bless me if someone said, “She reflected God’s presence in her life.”
As crazy as this may sound to some, I want to leave behind a world that hates me, not because I was hateful to the world, but let them hate me because they hate my Lord and Savior.
8 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated Me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. 20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to Me, they would listen to you. 21 They will do all this to you because of Me, for they have rejected the One who sent Me. 22 They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Anyone who hates Me also hates My Father. 24 If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate Me and My Father. 25 This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated Me without cause.’
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when He judges the world.
I want to leave a legacy of honor and truth, not only to those who love me, but also to those who hate me. I want to share the unfailing love that I have received from God, to all that I come in contact, whether they return that love or not. My hope is that with each day and each year that passes, I will be more and more like Jesus, so that those who know me, will see past my flaws, and see Christ, who lives within me. Finally, when my time in this life is over, let this song be sung at my funeral, and let this phrase from the song, by Fanny Crosby, be written on my tomb: “Jesus Led Me All the Way”
Cheryl A. Showers