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Why Legacy316 was Born

LegacyI started Legacy316 for two reasons, really.

First, we all leave one.  Good, bad or indifferent. Whether you think you are leaving a legacy or not, you are. I honestly don’t recall if it were a sermon I heard or maybe the Spirit pressing upon me during my quiet time, but I became keenly aware that every life counts, even mine.  Even yours. Every!  And every life leaves a legacy.

The 316 came from the most important revelation to mankind.  John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  That, my friend, is the Legacy of God.  And I want my legacy to be a reflection of Him.

I believe we are called to live a life of purpose.  The specific purpose may change from one season to the next, but nevertheless, we are divinely placed here for a unique purpose.  That overarching purpose will become our legacy. The good news and the bad news is that we get to choose what legacy we will leave.

My newsletters and website are titled Legacy316 – Life on Purpose.  This is to remind me that everything I do is building the legacy I will one day leave and it reminds me of the kind of legacy I want to leave.  Herein, Life on Purpose.  I am choosing to live on purpose. Being kind, sincere and loving to those I come in contact.  I want people to see Jesus rather than me.  Kind of like a mirror – being a reflection of Him.

Now, am I always great at that?  Unfortunately, not.  But I try and I keep that out in front of me so I am reminded to continually strive for it.  More than anything, I want to be remembered as a woman who loved Jesus, loved her family and all those with whom she came in contact.

Second, I want to help others live a life on purpose.  I want to help people choose a godly legacy to pursue and offer as much encouragement in that endeavor as I possibly can. Hence, the blog, newsletters and website.

I pray my rambles do motivate and encourage all who read them.

Blessings to you!

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John 3:16

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 

Let’s take a look at the LOVE God had for you and me.

1st – He loved each of us so much that He would send His only Son to pay our individual atonement for sin.

2nd – He loved each of us so much that He let it be our choice as to whether we accept His love – whosoever.

If you are not saved, why not receive Him now?  Just call out for Him to save you, accept His love, repent of your sin and commit to serve Him from this day forward.

If you are saved, I have 2 questions for you.

1. If you KNOW God loves you, why fear obedience?  Why would we think that any pain we might experience in the short here and now would outweigh eternal rewards?  Why can’t we pray “whatever it takes”?  He loves us!

In The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life, Hannah Whitall Smith talks to a mother about how much the mother loves her son.  She asks the mother, “Would you ever do anything to harm your son?” NO came the immediate answer.  “Then why do you fear what God calls you to do when you know He loves you much more than you can love your child?”

Example – immunizations – They may hurt for a few minutes or even a day, but they benefit your child for a lifetime.

How much more does God love us that He would call us to great things; things for good and not for harm?

2. If you love others, then why aren’t you telling them about the grace, mercy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ? Why do we not share His grace, mercy and love that He gave to us with those around us? Why can’t we forgive, be kind (and mean it) and love those who hurt us, are not like us or don’t know us?

In The Case for Grace, Lee Strobel quoted someone who said, “How much do you have to HATE someone to NOT share the gospel with them?”

Tonight, before you go to sleep, think about where you are in your walk with Christ.  We are called to obedience to our Father who loves us more that we can imagine.  Why won’t we obey Him?  Choose to get to know Him more by studying His word and praying every day. Determine that you will obey Him not matter what.  He wants what’s best for you!

Now, think about the people you routinely come in contact with.  Have you shared the gospel with them?  Not, do they know you are a Christian?  Have YOU shared the GOSPEL with THEM?  If not, why not?  Do you hate them?  No? Then tell them the good news!

If we focus on knowing God more, we will want to do what He wants us to do, including sharing the gospel with others.  This may not be in the formal way we are taught to “witness”, but one on one because we love HIM and can’t help but to tell others about HIM!

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Suit Up

Roman Soldier Ever feel like you are at war?  Me, too.  But it’s not with people.  There is a spiritual battle going on around us and, unfortunately, between us.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.”

So we are to suit up!  Not with guns and swords and such, but with the armor of God. We are to put on the belt of truth; the breastplate of righteousness; the shoes of peace; the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God).” And we wear this suit as these pieces of armor are weaved together with prayer!

God is so awesome!  He did not say go get some armor so you are ready for these spiritual battles.  He said “Put on the full armor of God.” Ephesians 6:11.  That’s HIS armor. What does that mean?  It means I don’t have fight in my own strength.  He gives me His!!!  He gives me His protection.  It’s His armor I get to wear.  The very armor of the KING!  I hope you get the significance of that.  The battle is not ours.  It belongs to the Lord.

So what are you up against today?  Harassment at work; a wayward child; fear and doubts from within yourself?  Whatever it is, the battle is the Lord’s.  So suit up… in His armor. Gird yourself in His truth. Protect your heart by His righteousness. Wear shoes of peace. Carry the shield of faith front and center. Cover your head with His salvation and hold tight to the sword of the Spirit.  Above all, PRAY!  Pray for wisdom to use His armor.  Pray for courage to be in the battle in His armor. Then, stand up, suit up and step up in obedience to His calling!

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Sisters’ Getaway

The first of April, two of my sisters and I met at a bed and breakfast in Missouri.  It was a whirlwind of togetherness.  Not quite enough and certainly not too much.  You see, I’m from a family of seven.  That’s right, seven!  Now mind you, all seven of us were not under the same roof with our parents at one time. I think Mom and Daddy would not have survived.

It’s almost like 2 or 3 different families.  You see, there are 23 years between my eldest sibling and myself.  Yep! I’m the baby.  I would say that I was NOT spoiled, but why bother. That phrase just seems to fall on deaf ears. (But I’m not!)

Anyway, back to the weekend.  There were three of us girls able to make it.  For pecking order sake, we were #1, #4 and #7.  I’ve already given away that I am #7. It was really great to get to know one another a little better.  We shared a room (not bed), we shopped, walked, dined out and did a few touristy things.

One of my sisters pointed out in our sharing that we were literally from different generations.  There is 8 years between #1 and #4 and 15 years between #4 and #7.  So you can see the different generations, right?  Well, as things turned out, while we were raised by the same wonderful parents, things remembered were very different.  When the oldest grew up, Mom and Daddy were young and had less “means”.  When the middle child grew up, Mom and Daddy were in their most active years and had a little more.  When the last came along (SURPRISE!),  Mom and Daddy were older and on a fixed income.  Just with those variables, can you imagine some of the differences?

Even so, all 7 of us became Christians, have never been in “real” trouble and we all love one another.  Our parents, a brother and a sister have gone on to be with the Lord now, so we take our times of togetherness very serious.  We don’t want to miss it!  You never know if we’ll all be here next time.  Yikes, that sounds kind of morbid and I don’t mean it that way.  But the point of the matter is we should not waste the time we have here. No fight, misunderstanding or outright meanness is worth missing time with the ones you love.

So, if you have siblings, don’t miss a single minute of time with them.  God chose our families for us.  Make the most of it!