We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall (Hebrews 12:1-2 ERV).
My mother-in-law died on Mother’s Day (tough day), which also happens to be the day before my husband’s birthday, and this past month we have experienced a wide spectrum of emotions. In pondering the text for this Father’s Day sermon, the phrase “living legacy” kept running through my mind.
I remember the first time I consciously thought about leaving a legacy—it was in the early 80’s and the Dan Fogelberg song had just begun playing on the radio and my two-year-old daughter from the back seat of the car piped up, “Mommy, what’s a legacy?” My first thought was, “What a brilliant child!” and then I realized that the line “I’m just a living legacy of the leader of the band,” from Fogelberg’s song “Leader of the Band” had just played. So . . . we began an interesting conversation about what a legacy is, and what we do with one, and how we leave one.
That is the topic of our message this morning—that legacy that we have been given.
How do we, as a family of faith living in difficulties, continue to consciously leave a legacy?
And how do we manage the day-to-day task of living it?