When one is seventy and contemplating one’s life, questions arise about one’s legacy. This was on my mind yesterday when I had an epiphany. I realized that my legacy is very limited. I have two children and no grandchildren. I haven’t won a Nobel prize or a Pulitzer. Even my writing hasn’t been published and the five textbooks that took up almost 10 years of my life are now out of print. The question remains: what have I done in life that is important. What is my legacy?
The Holy Spirit has led me to my answer. It’s not what we leave behind on Earth that is our legacy; it is what we have done that will last forever. Things of Earth will wither away and die. Only that which has been stored up in Heaven will live forever.
That being said, my question for all of my readers is this: What have you stored up in Heaven? Have you promoted the Kingdom of God? Have you lived a life that models the love of Jesus? How many souls have you saved by sharing your story? Who will meet you at the gates of Glory? How many seeds did you sow? What fruit did you produce? Do you know for sure that you will get to Heaven? Will your children? How about your friends: did you share with them the gospel of Jesus? Will they be in Heaven with you? Have you had that conversation with your spouse about being with him/her in Heaven? Do you look forward to your life in Heaven? Do you even know what Heaven is like? Have you lived on God’s precepts? Do you live for Christ? Have you given up SELF in order to be in His Kingdom?
These questions need to be pondered by all of us…young and old. The time is coming soon when we shall meet our maker. How many crowns will we get? Is our name in the book of life? Have we been forgiven? Have we forgiven those who have hurt us? Jesus says we shall not be forgiven if we don’t forgive. We can’t know Jesus unless we know the Father. Do you know God? Have you asked Christ to reign in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth about life and eternal life. Read your Bible…especially spend time in the book of John that is filled with the Holy words of Jesus. You will be convicted about the truth.
Don gave us $150 to pay for the appreciation party last Monday. The pizza is ordered; the drinks are cooling in the frig. We have the menu planned, and we have door prizes to give away. Everyone will have a nice time. We even had fancy appreciation/thank you certificates made. The tables were set up today and table cloths cover them. The party is Tuesday at 11:30 am. Today is Monday.
Don took his motorcycle out this morning. He never made it back. He was killed in a freak accident; he lost control of the bike.
Don was our lead manager at the Isles. He wanted to show appreciation for those who volunteer right along side the managers, doing little things to make other residents happy and comfortable. Thank you, Don, for caring.
We pray for you family and their loss. We will honor you tomorrow at the party you planned.
Death is never planned. It comes unexpectedly most of the time. I always hope the deceased knew the Lord. Are you going to heaven? How do you know? There is only one way to get there: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…for eternity…in heaven…with the angels and the saints…and the Lord. It says so in the Bible: John 3:16 and other verses.
It’s just a picture of a rose, but it has so much meaning. This rose reminds me of a friend named Anne who lived in a coach house in Baltimore. She grew roses by the hundreds in the front of her quaint little home on Bolton Hill. There was a gated wrought iron fence around her property that highlighted the beauty of the rose bushes. People would always stop as they passed her home. Sometimes someone would open the iron gate and sit awhile on her porch while she served lemonade. Anne was a quiet soul who suffered in silence. She was a powerhouse at the office, often walking to and from work past the resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. She worked tirelessly while she put her husband through law school and had his two children to adore him. After he became important, she lost him to a friend; her children became rebellious, and she never sat on the porch again. One night she had a glass of wine and a sleeping pill. The roses died that year and I never saw her again. I know she has a rose garden in Heaven, a porch to sit on, and a cold pitcher of lemonade ready for visitors.
According to Revelation (Bible), angels and saints will be waving palm fronds while they worship the Lord. That means there will be palm trees in heaven. The next time you look at one, think about how grand one will look in heaven. I hope there will be a sandy beach along the river of life for me to relax on. How about you? What would you like to have in heaven?
My father carried around this picture during the war. He met Mickey overseas and someone took their picture. My dad has been gone for 15 years, but today Mickey joined him in heaven. I know they’ll have a lot to talk about. Thanks to all the WWII veterans. There aren’t many of them left on this Earth. God Bless.
Another sad day. A good friend and game-player died last night. She had a terrific life. She lived to be 88 like my mother. We had a lot in common. She knew she was dying…we all know that…but it never quite sinks in until a friend dies. She asked me a month or so ago, “Will I know people in heaven?”
I told her that people do know each other in heaven, but the relationships are different. Our husbands won’t be our husbands, etc., but we will know he is a loved one that we knew on Earth.
I know she’s in a better place. She suffered and was alone here. But she always had a smile and always wanted to challenge me in a game. Most of the time she won. She liked to win.
Now she has won the crown that God promises those who endure. She has run the race. She will weep no more and have no pain. She’ll be clothed in white garments and she’ll be beautiful.
Saying goodbye to two friends in one week is difficult, but the aftermath is joyful because they are both dancing on the streets of gold. I’ll be there one day. Will you? Do you know where you’re going? Are you sure?
Just returned from a visit to a funeral home in Vero. My friend Dorothy died this past week , last Tuesday. She was 92 and very active until Christmas day when she had a heart attack which was followed , over the past month, by four strokes.
Dorothy loved Bible Study…my Bible study. Every week she would be the first one into the room and the last to leave. As she left, she would hug and kiss me and thank me for that night’s study. She made me feel worthwhile…and appreciated. She was my fist student here at the Isles. She wanted to learn all about heaven. The title of the study was: Everything you’ve always wanted to know about heaven. It took six weeks to find out, but during that time she wanted to accept Jesus as her savior and she wanted to be baptized. She inspired others to want the same.
At one study, I baptized two women who had never read the Word. Dorothy was one of them. She smiled and clapped and was the most joyful person I have ever seen. She told my husband Frank that she’d never felt so clean. Isn’t that amazing what Jesus can do for someone in their 90’s? He doesn’t care how old you are. He is ready to be there for you whenever you decide. Tonight while saying my goodbye’s, I told her family that she is definitely in heaven. She is joyful and probably dancing with Jesus. I am so glad I was a part of her life and her salvation. She’ll meet me at the door to heaven one day and this time she’ll teach me all about heaven.
I’m sure it is just the moon peeking through, but it does look like a hole in heaven.