Monday, January 17, 2011
Leaving a Legacy
January 17, 2011...already the middle of the first month of a new year! Two thoughts have been running through my mind: 1) it's so hard to believe how fast time seems to fly once you become a parent and 2) blogs morph and change just as people do!
I pray I am always changing...always transforming into a new level of character that stems from a deeper relationship with Jesus.
I've realized as I've gotten older that when you are young, parents seem to be light years ahead of you. As you become the parent and raise your own children, you begin to see that they weren't so old after all!
When we are young, we expect the older people in our lives to know what to do and how to do it. When we become the older people, our perspective reveals that we are learning as we go and hoping our kids don't see just how inept we really are in this parenting gig!
In December, I began to think about why I blog. At first, I wanted to share funny things my sons did to bring joy to others. I mean, why should I keep all this entertainment to myself? Next, I saw it as a way to keep family and friends all over the world informed about our family. Then, I began to have a desire to minister to other families with our successes and failures. Eventually, I felt ready to explode with everything I was learning spiritually, but thankfully God quickly opened up another avenue for me to release some of that! (I know that was to everyone's relief...snort, snort)
So what now??? Well, I saw how blogs could be turned into a book! My wheels started spinning, and I realized that I not only wanted to use this tool to record our family's events, but also to tell my sons what I would want them to know. You know, those things I know now that I wish I had known then?
Therefore, this year, you will not only continue to see our family pics, hear our adventures, and learn from our mistakes and failures, but you will also glimpse my mother's heart in a very transparent way...in love letters to my sons.
I pray that as God moves my heart, He moves yours as well...challenging you to leave messages to your own loved ones in some form.
You will leave some kind of legacy, the question is...what will it be?