This weekend we had a family birthday party for a couple of our kiddo's. Some of us were sitting together and started talking about loved ones who are no longer with us. (I know this probably sounds morbid for a birthday party, but when you're talking about beloved family members and remembering the good times with them, it really was a blessing to share those memories!) I carried some of this discussion with me as I opened my bible for my devotions the next day.
My bible was given to me by my great grandparents when I was 16. It is a treasure to me, especially as my great grandma had written on the front page of the bible. I sat staring at the words in her handwriting, and sat remembering. As I was walking down memory lane in my mind, thinking of not only my great grandparents, but also my grandpa who died when I was a senior in high school, and my grandma who left us 10 years ago, I started thinking...
What made them so special?
None of them ever made much money. They were not famous in the eyes of the world, and hardly even in the little county they lived in. They possessed very few talents that would make other's think they were grand people. They did not own fancy houses or expensive cars. And yet, I think they were wonderful people.
What made them special is just the people that they were. Humble servants who loved their families and loved the Lord. What talents they had, they passed those loves on to their children and grandchildren. What time they had, was spent caring for and loving their families. When you were with them, you knew that you mattered to them. They were not perfect, but they loved and were loved.
I pray this is the legacy I am leaving for my children. I am not a perfect person. I don't have much money, very few possessions anyone would consider worthy, and will never entertain others with a great talent. But I do love my children, and they have my heart. I pray that someday they will look back at their time with me with the same fondness I have for my loved ones.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
Those family ties will never be broken!