I am choosing to reblog this post, because I think a lot of us need to know that it’s okay to pick back up the project, the book, the screenplay….that we started a good while ago. Hope it blesses you as much as it did me. – Wendy
I’m declaring today, right now, at this moment….. I’m on a mission.
Not just any mission.
A mission to finish 2012, with one specific thing marked off my to-do list.
The one specific task I’m on a mission to finish is my book.
Well, I have a problem calling it “my book,” because it’s definitely the Lord’s project. He just so graciously decided to pull me in to work on it and get it into print.
I began to wonder last night, just how the original authors of various books of The Bible must have felt while they penned divine Words from the Lord.
I wonder …….if they felt the same sense of reverence I feel when I write under the unction of Holy Spirit.
I wonder …….when the overwhelming sense of the Father’s love overshadowed them, did tears start to stream down their face onto their written page.
I wonder …….if they knew just what immeasurable impact the words they wrote would have on countless lives around the world.
Perhaps the Father gave them a glimpse of their future, and they knew they were on a mission to get those words recorded.
So that is why I’m on a mission. The Father’s only given me a glimpse, but I must be obedient to follow through with what He has given me to do.
In the end….I am not my own.
So whatsoever it is that He has given you to do, do it!
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV)
What you do or don’t do today, will determine the legacy you leave for tomorrow.
The legacy you leave is not only physical items, like money or material things. You will leave a spiritual legacy that will pass on to the next generation.
The legacy left to me by my great-grandmother, along with her countless stories, home remedies, and words of wisdom will always be my most meaningful possession.
Key Points to leaving a Spiritual Legacy:
- The words you sow in prayer today will reap bountiful rewards in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.
- The relationship you have with the Lord today will impact your family in the generations to come.
I know these things to be true, because my paternal great-grandmother passed along a rich spiritual legacy onto me. Her name was Patti Tuck (a.k.a. Grandma Tuck) (see photo above) and she lived to be 105 years old. She was a woman of relentless faith and continual prayer.
Her 1st gift to me: A legacy founded in prayer.
Back in those days she and her husband were sharecroppers. Money was scarce, but my Grandma Tuck had something much more precious than money. —-> She had FAITH & TRUST in the Lord!
She had everlasting faith in God. No matter the situation or circumstance her complete trust was always in the Lord. She would talk to Him, and ask Him what to do. Then He would give her specific instructions to carry out.
Her 2nd gift to me: A legacy of faith and trust in the Lord.
In the ’90′s Grandma Tuck was placed in a home so she could receive around the clock nursing care due to her poor eyesight. While there she became a contributing author in a book published by the facility entitled, “Do Preachers Really Like Fried Chicken?” (see pictures below)
Her 3rd gift to me: A legacy of authorship- “the occupation of writing” what the Lord says.
Grandma Tuck contributed the most content (6 pages) in the chapter on “Home Remedies.” (You can read the entire section she penned which is subtitled “Curin’ Babies: Home Remedies from Patti Tuck” by seeing actual pictures below at this end of this post.)
Grandma Tuck first used her home remedies on her own children. Then she eventually became the “nurse” everyone in the vicinity called on when someone was sick or hurting. She would ask the Lord what she needed to do to help and treat them. Then she would do exactly what He told her to do. She was the Lord’s hands extended.
In an excerpt from the book Grandma Tuck says:
“I learned a little from the old midway women. When you were poorly or sick, they’d come and make it right. Outside of that, the Lord would lead me. I’d never O’ thought O’ these things myself and I never lost a one ’cause the Lord was with me.” (p.74)
Her 4th gift to me: A legacy of caring for the sick (nursing), and witnessing Jesus heal them.
God gave her such priceless gifts back then, to be inherited by me now. How amazing is that?
It was such an honor and a privilege that God allowed me the opportunity to visit with her many times before she transitioned to her heavenly home. I would just sit and listen to her tell about her life and past experiences, how the Lord always took care of her and her family through the good and bad times.
The 5th and final gift she passed on to me was: A legacy of love. (Love for the Lord and love for others.)
THE END FOCUS…..
What kind of legacy will you leave?
What spiritual gifts have been given to you by God, which He expects you to pass on to the next generation?
God not only needs you to, but He expects you to impart wisdom and revelation into your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins’ children, etc. etc.
If you happen not to have any immediate family or children, then ask the Lord to show you someone who needs what you have to give.
Start making your mark today, to leave a legacy for tomorrow.
And in the words of my great-grandmother — “Don’t give me the credit. That goes to the Lord. He told me what to do every time.”