What Can I Leave?

May 5, 2002
by Anne Russell

Ephesians 3:14-19 – For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)

One day, just over a year ago, I sat down, thinking over the question, "What could I leave as a legacy for my friends and loved ones?" At that time, I was at a place in North Carolina where I was sitting in total silence. I gave it a lot of thought. I began to write, thinking it would be something I could leave for all to read.

I remember writing at great length, but forgot about it until today, when I read something that brought it back to mind. I couldn't even remember where I had put that writing. I always meant to go back over it and brush it up — but I never did.

But today, as I began thinking about something I could leave as a legacy, I realized that I had just read what Jesus said was the first and greatest commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37)

Surely, Jesus meant that if we could do this and show it through our lives, then that would be the greatest thing we could do, not only for God, but for ourselves, and also for all those around us. To love our God with all our hearts is the greatest legacy any one of us could ever leave to another.

Prayer: Dear Lord, You are the almighty, the everlasting God. Help us to live each day to Your honour and glory, trusting and having faith. Enable us to present ourselves to You and to others, loving You with all our hearts. Let this be our legacy to one another. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Anne Russell <anbrussell@rogers.com>

Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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