I want to leave a legacy…

The contemporary Christian song by Nichole Nordeman Legacy…

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

Wow, the news this week may go down in history as one with the most activity and the saddest news as far as I’m concerned. On the heels of my devotional yesterday about the fall of our Governor, almost 24 hours to the minute later, Michael Jackson’s death┬ástrips the headlines on every news station around the world. Was I a huge Michael Jackson fan? No, not really. In my teenage years I certainly sang, “I wanna rock with you, all night. I wanna dance the night away” and many other of his pop songs. But to say I was a fan is a stretch. However, I do recognize talent when I see and hear it and Michael Jackson was one of the greatest performers in my lifetime thus far for sure. That boy could sing and dance! The only time I have any of his “moves” is when I’m fighting off a bee. I have no natural rhythm. But all of the world watched as Michael made one poor decision after another until his popularity, his reputation, his wealth, and his health spiraled. Now, at age 50, Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” has stepped into eternity to stand before his Creator. All the wealth and fame and lights and cameras and money fall off and all that matters is whether he knew Christ as his Savior. Was anything done for the glory of the Kingdom of our Creator? We’re not his judge. But what a sad, sad end to his story.

This all came to me this morning as I read today’s Psalm, Psalm 26. When I take my last breath on this earth, I want my family to be able to say that I’ve led a blameless life. I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. When the Lord tests me and examines my heart and mind, may He find that I walk continually in His truth. May I wash my hands in innocence proclaiming aloud His praise and telling of all His wonderful deeds. I pray I lead a blameless life and that the Lord will redeem me and be merciful to me. May my feet ever stand on level ground. The only way for any of us to remain faithful is to rely on His strength, not on our own.

km-smallJust as Hannah did, I want to leave a beautiful legacy for my family and friends. How about you?

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:25).

I pray each of you have a blessed weekend. I will be in Waco, TX next week at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center sharing Hannah’s Hope and introducing the I Have Hope pins. Alexia Newman and her niece, Parker Foster will be traveling with me. Pray for safety of travel and for hearts and lives to be changed as we share the hope that Hannah had and we all have in Christ. I’ll update as soon as I can on Monday. Much love to my web friends!

Hope

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