A Legacy of Grace

Sin is a powerful catalyst.  It can push you or pull you in any number of directions.  Much like a pebble in a still pond, it can ripple for a moment on the surface of a life yet change the landscape of a soul way down deep for a very long time.

So often, much of life is more about the consequences of our actions or inaction.  So much of procrastination is blamed on fear of making a wrong decision.  So many big mistakes in life are blamed on making decisions in haste or wrong decisions based on emotion.    No one ever really wants to do the wrong thing.  “When I want to do good, evil is right there with me” (Romans 7:21).  Paul was onto something with that one.

Then, there are the wrong decisions made in justifiable perpetuity.  The way things are is the way things have always been and the way they will always be.  “This is all I’ve known.  It’s the way my mother and my grandmother was…it’s just who I am.”

So many people are so afraid of who they might actually become if they just made the choice to change.

What would happen if we changed the way we see the past? It may still be painful. But, what exactly was going on in the lives of those who supposedly made the past so hard to bear?  How did their circumstances effect how they related to you?   What insight do you have, or can obtain now that might shed a different light on how you see the whole story?  Truly our ability to see the bigger picture is linked to our level of maturity, both naturally and spiritually.

“When I was a child, I thought like a child, “(I Corinthians 13:11a). In our immaturity, we tend to see the world only as it pertains to our needs being met.  Much like infants, toddlers and small children, it’s hard to see another person’s perspective of a situation.  Naturally and spiritually, we are all the same.  Our development and evolution is primarily based on how we chose to respond to the situations in which we find ourselves.  And so much of how we are taught to respond is based on those who surround us and nurture us as we are growing.

When I became a man, I put childish things away (I Corinthians 13:11b).There comes a time when we choose those who will nurture us and those whom we will nurture. This is the point in our lives when we begin to understand that our lives are all inextricably linked to the lives of others, and each of these lives is JUST as valuable as our own.  Part of growing up is our ability to understand that there are other people involved and affected by our every experience.  How well we learn to integrate their perspectives into our decision making process can determine the success of our outcome.

In putting away the childish, one question is inevitably asked of all of us…What has been passed on to me that I wish to pass on…that is WORTH passing on?  This question is not asked by any human.  This is a question borne of God, imbedded in our very spirit by His Spirit.   This is a question of Legacy…


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