Today our community, and our church, and a dear sweet family in our church said good bye to a member of the family. She sat with her husband and three daughters and sang worship songs, and smiled a big beautiful smile. She taught at a local high school and was dearly loved. She was the kind of teacher that really cared about her students, helping them strive for more, expecting more. The kind we need more of.
She was only 51. Apparently she didn't shared her age with even her own daughters. About 5 weeks ago ago she went into the ER because she couldn't catch her breath. They found blood clots, gave her medicine and sent her home. The meds didn't really help, they went back in. Two and half weeks ago she was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Two weeks ago they said she had six to nine months. A week ago she went home to be with the Lord. JUST LIKE THAT.
This post isn't about death.
This post isn't about fear.
This is about legacy, and life, and how you treat others.
If you treated everyone like they were going to die tonight at midnight how much better might the world be? Would you be mean just because you could? Or would you forgive a little more, let go a little more, use better manners, speak with more kindness, and frankly, honesty. Not the kind of honesty that would insult a person's hair or clothing, but the real stuff. People are treasures.
This woman left a legacy behind because she built up her students to try and better themselves. She did it with compassion and shined God's love in a dark place. She left behind a loving husband and their three lovely daughters. I pray her legacy lives on in how they choose to face the world, how they interact with others, how they answer God's calling in their lives and how they love others. This road will not be perfect, nor easy. I just pray they stay on it.
I don't want my legacy to be about perfectionism, or striving, or money. I want it to be about relationships, and love and doing what is right. I want it to be what God intended it to be, what ever that is. It doesn't matter if you are a sewer worker or a billionaire business owner or the Queen of England, it's who you are, not what your job is.
Hug your family, tell your friends they are special to you. Be the best sewer worker (or whatever) you can be, strive to grow and stretch, be less offended and more forgiving, and leave a positive legacy behind for others to follow.
Just my humble opinion.