Legacy: Part 2
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
So, in case you didn’t read the last post (or if you’re like me and you forgot what it was about), I’ve been reflecting on my grandmother. It has struck me how important she was in my young life. And she continues to influence me to this day, even though she passed away when I was eleven-years-old. As I was reflecting, I wondered how she would be remembered in another generation or two. Then I started thinking about whether I would be remembered in another generation or three.
And not that it’s important to make a name for ourselves, but I was having some deep thoughts (which seems to happen while driving children from one activity to the next). And at first I was sad that, in just a few more generations, no one will know much about my grandmother. They will know her name, birth date, and day of her passing- if they look into genealogies. But they won’t know how soft her cheeks were, or how she always bought the mini boxes of cereal for us when we visited. Genealogies don’t tell us things like that.
But then I realized that her faith has been passed on from one generation to the next. She believed, she taught her children, they taught their’s… and so she has left a legacy of faith for generations to come.
And a legacy of love.
I believe that not one bit of love can be removed from the world. For everyone we love, carries that love with them, and it grows and they pass it on. Love is God’s commodity. He trades in it, deals with it, and manages it. And it is not a commodity that runs out, grows old, or loses its value.
A quick example: when our second child was born, I was (a little hormonal) worried. I thought I would have to divide my love in half between my two children. I cried about this and told my husband. I was sad for my first child who I thought would be getting less love than before. And I was sad for our second child, that would only get half the amount of love from the start. And my husband, who is always wisest when I am at my most ridiculous, said, “It’s funny how love works. The more you give away, the more you have to give.”
Picture me in a hospital bed, clutching a new born, tears on my cheeks, but completely dumbfounded.
And he was right! The more I loved, the more love I had to give away!!
God’s kingdom is backwards and upside down from this world. And being part of God’s kingdom is something so beyond our experience, because it is eternal. And the good we are doing now, especially the love, is like a seed we are planting for future generations. I know my grandma planted many seeds in her lifetime, and the security I had in her love is still there to this day. And it is something that I continue to pass on to my children.
‘Love never dies’ (1 Cor 13:8) is not about romantic passions, but about God. His love, and the good He does is eternal. This love cannot be taken away from us or altered. It is a gift. One we can share with future generations as we work love out in our own lives.
God bless you to love more today, and the next day, and the next day- more than you ever thought possible! Amen.