What legacy have you received? It must not be wasted. So, what legacy are you leaving?
Today, meet my friend and fellow writer, Miriam Bradley. Miriam said her childhood was nearly perfect, marred only by the death of her mother. Her latest book, All I Have Needed, A Legacy for Life, celebrates the legacy and gifts she received wrapped in her parents and grandparents.
I met Miriam at the Christian Communicators Conference a year ago, where her story and legacy tales captivated me. In today’s post, Miriam shares how God provided her everything she needed, even in the face of a great loss …
I am impressionable. I admit it.
For instance, when I watch the movies made from Jane Austen books I have to make a pot of tea. When I watch You’ve Got Mail, I need a cappuccino.
Every morning I choose a coffee mug based solely on my feelings. I stand in front of my wall of mugs and say to myself, “Which one do I feel like using today?” Then, depending on my emotions, who I am missing, what the weather is like, or what day of the week it is, I pick a mug.
Like I said, I’m impressionable.
For this reason—if no other—I am exceedingly grateful for my upbringing. We’ve all seen those impressionable souls who can’t decide what they believe. They can’t make right choices. They always seem to be following the wrong guidance. I really believe I have that potential in me, considering my impressionability factor.
So, what made the difference?
I have been given—by God no doubt—a precious and valuable gift. It came packaged in my parents and grandparents.
For an impressionable child there was nothing more valuable than a world filled to the brim with mature, loving, consistent, Godly examples of the fruit of the Spirit. I’m not exaggerating here, folks. My parents and grandparents taught me everything I need to know to succeed in life. I have been wrapped in a cocoon of positive influences.
I have seen—lived out in full color—self discipline, the value of hard work, a vibrant prayer life, patience, forgiveness, wonderful marriages, meekness, goodness, faith, moral excellence, determination, humor, and the list could go on and on.
My spirit was overwhelmed yesterday as I drove to work. Why me? Why did God bless me with this amazing life? So many people struggle through life, overcoming their surroundings and yet I am given this amazing opportunity. Why? I’m reminded of a Bible principle my Daddy taught me. With great opportunity comes great responsibility.
My prayer is that I would seek to use the opportunities God gives me to make the best use of this legacy. It must not be wasted.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, yea I have a goodly heritage. (Psalm 16:6, KJV)
And may Miriam’s stories inspire you to identify your God-given legacy and to Pass It On … like my dad did in this earlier story.
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