Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What We Leave Behind

I have a weird habit when I read the newspaper.  I like to read the Obituaries.  You never know what you will discover when you read them.  Many times, I have found relatives of friends or acquaintances that have passed that I was not aware of, nor was my mom.  I also like to read about the history of the deceased.  Quite a few served our country in the military, worked for many years in the same job, or retired from one job but moved onto another. What I like most is to see the number of family members that will remember the deceased.

In today's paper, there were quite a few that had large families.  Francola Renfroe lived to be 100 years old.  She left four daughters and six sons, 51 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, 67 great-great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-great-grandchildren.  Eugene Mosley was 96.  He left five daughters and three sons, 70 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and 25 great-great grandchildren.  Mary Sue Garner, age 85, left four kids, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Jack Henson Tiner, Jr, age 66 left two daughters, one son, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 

Just imagine the history they left behind!!  The changes they have seen and experienced; the difference they have made in people's lives; and the legacy they leave to their children, grandchildren and so on.  I was blessed to have known, albeit not too well, my great-grandmother.  My mom's grandmother lived until she was in her 90s.  She was a few strong and godly woman.  Every story I have heard and family member I've spoken with about her just raves about what a wonderful person she was.  I think about Grandma Mae and the legacy she left behind when I read the obituaries like the ones above.  The impact they made on their families will live forever.

God calls us to impact the world around us.  We are told to preach the gospel to, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.  If we can't physically go to the ends of the earth, maybe one of our children or grandchildren will go and impact the world for Christ.  If you teach your children and grandchildren about the love of Christ, you are leaving a legacy that will live for eternity.

1 comment:

Jcook said...

Thank you!! Jack Henson Tiner was my Daddy and he left a wonderful legacy. We miss him dearly everyday. I tell my children, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews memories we shared all the time, because as long as his memories are alive he will be. He now has 4 great granddaughters and 5 great grandsons. Have a blessed day!