People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
A neighbor that our family holds dear in our hearts just said goodbye to a mother of 90 years. Such a good, long life, but still hard to lose at any age, always.
she loved her children dearly
she worked hard in life
she poured into her family
she stood up for us, and stood by us in every circumstance
she knew how to make each person feel important; special
I never met this woman, but I listened to this son’s heartfelt sentiments and I began to think…
Feelings trump Actions a lot of the time. The memory bank cements the details with the years added; but the feelings infused to the spirit stay long and hard in our minds. Our heartstrings are attached to those feelings.
This is good news to the daily grind of life!! But a strong, powerful and important lesson to pay attention to…
whatever the event, circumstance or situation, be it good, beautiful or ugly; you can CHOOSE to end each well. There is an enemy that would really like to keep this a secret, but oh what a great Godly weapon against such one!!!
Listen: God can restore anything when we choose to give to to Him. Every time that we show LOVE, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL... we are ending it well. The people around you- Family, Friends, Strangers, God-orchestrated People will remember how they felt in your presence long after any event or meeting.
I know that I strive to point to the Lord with my life. I want to look like a big, beautiful, messed-up, imperfect, redeemed, restored person that ended things well because the Lord showed me how. And then that irritating enemy can’t replay any tapes to confuse me later, because God stops him, and reminds me how we ended even the hardest things in life well; together.
Embrace every moment you’re given. Time flies and moments are fleeting, but as you give the very best of you, then our Lord can use that to be part of your legacy.
—Mercy Me has a song called “In the Blink of an Eye”—
Here are parts of our Legacy:
This shamrock plant is in my house and my sister-in-law’s because it reminds us of our mother-in-law who loved this plant. We both have quilts that go back to great-grandparents in our lives that we wrap our children in. We share stories about loved ones that have gone on before us, and we cook with the recipes of cherished women in our past. All of these simple things implant feelings on our hearts; they are an evolving legacy…
Each transition that we take hold of will add another layer of texture to our lives and our children’s memories of home.