96. How Can You Leave a Legacy of Love & Hospitality?
Think back to your life and the people you considered significant to your life. Who were they and what was their significance? What was the reason their memory was brought up when you thought of a loved one?
I hold tenderly in my minds eye one babysitter that took good care of my brother and I for a short time period. She was tender, loving - and safe. She protected us from harm when it was all around. As I grew up the memory of her remained. She created a home-made quilt and gave this precious gift to me before immigrating to another country. It is currently hanging up on my main wall. Her love was never forgotten. Being joined with her as a child provided safety and wholeness. She was safety in the absence of any. Do you have a memory of being safe and protected? Of the one person who was loving and safe?
John 15:5 states "I am the vine, and you are the branches. if you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce fruit. But you cannot do anything without me."
The memory of a babysitter began a legacy in my life, so I wanted to be just like her. After living through and surviving the turmoil I understand its significance. Later on I experienced the goodness of the Father and the abundant life He can provide when connected to Him.
Rick Warren in his blog (May 11, 2019) spoke of four habits that rest in His goodness:
1. Stay connected to Jesus every day, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE.
2. Replace your complaining with gratefulness. "Do everything without complaining or arguing." (Philippians 2:14)
3. Stop being stingy, and start being generous. "Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, and there will be plenty of food there. Put Me to the test and you will see that I will open windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance..." (Malachi 3:10)
4. Stop comparing, and start being content. "It is better to be content with what little you have. Otherwise you will always be struggling for more, an that is like chasing in the wind." (Ecclesiastes 4:6)
Being connected takes focus. Being grateful take determination. Generosity is difficult during lack. God is asking for your trust in order to pour out His blessings onto you. It takes faith to do so. Being content with what you have takes adopting gratitude and appreciation as God's creation. You are leaving a legacy when you adopt and model generosity, appreciate, love and blessings for hurting others.
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