Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Consider Your Legacy

Proverbs 31

Verse 16

16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

Hello, Ladies.

I am excited to see you back tonite. I hope you enjoyed the Week 4 kick off—“Considering our Legacy”. If you did not listen to it, please download it from the list on this page. Or, log into talkshoe.com and listen to it there. (Full Disclosure: When you log into talkshoe.com, Women Witnessing Ministries gets a nominal kick back, roughly 10 cents a download.)

Last night, I took verse 16 and used it as a platform to introduce the Daughters of Zelophahed and Lydia. These women exemplify women who were committed to the legacy they were leaving. Over the next few days, we will really delve into their stories.

Today, I really want to stay on verse 16 and pick it apart, if you will. I want to give us a very sturdy foundation from these verses. I believe this verse is one of the first that actual gives us practical instruction on become women of valor. This is not to say that verses 10 through 15 do not. In fact, the next time I do this study, I am really going to have to go back and get into verses 13-15—there is some great stuff in those verses. However, verse 16 begins to get to the heart of the matters of being a woman who intends to live vitally and energetically in her life time.

“She considers a field”

What are you considering as your legacy?

Have you thought about that question? I know we often think of after our life as a being Heaven bound. In fact, it may seem a little vain to you to consider how you might be remembered when you are gone. In my opinion, whether you think of your life in terms of entrance into Heaven, or whether you think its conceit that would lead one to think of themselves as blazing history makers—your life will leave a legacy.

My grandmother is 87 years old. Do you know that when she dies, she will continue to live and affect those of us who are still living? Its definitely not because she has made popular history in anyway. It surely isn’t because she was vain, etc. In fact, my little Catholic grandmother used to carry around her prayers and her rosary with her every step she took. She will continue to affect us because, like it or not, she leaves us a legacy having been our matriarch for so long. She affects us because she loved us and we loved her for so long. She affects us because she was vitally and energetically involved in our lives as a family.

You will leave a legacy. So now that you realize you will leave a legacy,

What are you considering as your legacy?

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.

Proverbs 19:14
House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord.

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance hastily gotten [by greedy, unjust means] at the beginning, in the end it will not be blessed.

Acts 20:32
And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favor]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God's set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul).

I think for many of us, our legacy will be serendipitously left. Meaning, I believe we will live a good and righteous life, and posthumously we will be remembered. I know my husband’s aunt was one of those women. She may not have written a book, or run for president…but she was a good a wise and well-spoken woman. She also gave birth to, and raised 20 children. Her funeral packed the civic center of the church where she was a member for decades. She was funeralized as a dignitary in the finest fashion. She is fondly remembered in a myriad of ways, by a host of people—family, friends and community.

For others of us, our legacy will be intentionally commandeered, engineered, ordained—and big. Mother Theresa—need I say a word else?

What is important here is not the legacy itself…but that we consider our lives special enough to consider its legacy. What is important here is that we believe we have a legacy worth leaving. What is important is that we simply begin to consider our lives.

Areas to consider:

  • Fiscal/Financial
  • Lifestyle/Health
  • Spiritual

Ladies…pray about your perspective on your life tonight. Ask God to give you His perspective on your life. Remember, he called Gideon a man of valour when he was in a cowardly drunken stupor. And, I am sure, you are not in a cowardly drunken stupor.

But, if you are…that’s ok too…because I want you to consider your life as being more than cowardly…email me.

Tomorrow we will look at our commitment to our life…”and she buys it”

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