This past week my family was reminded once again that life is short as we learned of a sweet family that we know that had experienced sudden and unimaginable loss. News like that always rattles me, as it probably does most people. It makes me hug my husband and kids a little tighter. It makes me remember that we never know what tomorrow brings.
Several years ago, I attended the funeral of a children’s minister who had fought a lengthy cancer battle. The pastor presiding over the service had much to say about her work in the ministry and the difference that she had made and the long hours she had invested. And all of that is good and worthy of praise. However, as I sat there, I couldn’t help but wonder how her own children felt as they heard all of that.
I told Nate that day that I so wanted my legacy to be more focused on my own family than work I did for others. Not to diminish the importance of the role that God has called me to serve, but as I’ve heard Jim Wideman say many times, my first ministry is to my family.
I certainly don’t live this out day to day, but it is my greatest desire.
So, I guess my thought for today is simply this…. life is short. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. Love Jesus. Love your family. Live each day with the mindset that you are leaving a legacy – for better or for worse.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”