by Jennifer Kay Lewis
“He cuts-off every branch in me that bears no fruit, While he prunes every Branch That Does Bear Fruit So That Will Become even more Fruitful.” John 15:2
What Legacy do you want to leave? Once in a while in the course of our ‘normal’ busy lives, we need to STOP to consider what we stand for and what we are giving back to society. Today, I am taking time to reflect on the meaning of my life and I am asking you to Please do the same.
Several years ago, I found myself surrounded by confused, apprehensive, yet smiling little faces. I had chosen to pursue the ever-changing world of Foster parenting. At first, I thought this venture would be like a sort of hand-up and a help to the many children I came to adore. However, the blessings I first thought would be theirs to cherish became mine to hold and keep forever!
Jesus reminds us in John 12-13: “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no One than this, that he lay down his life for his Friends.”
Usually, when a person reflects on these words, one might conjure-up some image of a warrior gallantly fighting in some horrific battle-zone, or hearing about some average, run-of-the-mill Joe rushing-in to save another person’s life just in the nick-of-time. Those were the stereotypical thoughts that first came to my mind, until I had the pleasure of hosting my thirty-one Foster children.
As my aging father, has recently reminded me, “Jen, in the end, it’s what you give away that truly matters.”
Deep in reflective thought, I analyzed Daddy’s meaningful words. I also allowed my memory antennae to wander back to those exhilarating, happy days we shared in Foster care. In doing so, I quickly surmised that it is no wonder why the memories of those eventful years provided so much warmth and even tears of joy to this day! It is also an important part of Jesus’s command to “love each other as I have loved you” ~ I had done just that in giving unconditional love and supportive nurturing to those precious, children.
If your ‘passion’ is working with our youth, you may be well-gratified working within your church. Do you enjoy assisting another person? You might think about a rewarding unpaid assistant position with your local hospital. Maybe you would rather offer your specific skills to a growing business.
Again, it’s all about Giving! (it’s kind of like a boom-a-rang ~ good things just seem to keep coming back your way when you forego self and think of another.) When we find our niche ~ we find ourselves and live for others.
“Let me be Satisfied with your Favor and filled with your Blessing.” Deuteronomy 33:23
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
What are your values? What are you teaching your Children? How you live each day will determine what you really want remembered about your days on this earth. Is your Legacy worth dying for?
Growing In Christ,