“Love never leaves a heart the way it found it.” – Bill Hybels
That is the legacy I want for my life.
I want others to feel encouraged and loved in my presence both face-to-face and here in my little corner of the blog world.
I want the love of Christ in me to pour into others. Changing them. Letting them know they are loved and valued and worth more than they will ever know.
But in spite of that being my desire, I fall short. I miss opportunities for the real love that changes hearts. Or, I try too hard, somehow missing the point in time where God may have said,
“Enough. Leave the rest up to Me.”
Why do I fall short? At times, I let chaos and busyness prevail while, at other times, I allow my feelings priority over that of pointing to the love of Christ. The love that never leaves a heart the way it found it.
The power isn’t in me and I too easily confuse that. The power is Him in me. So, as I am running from one thing to the other, turning my life into an endless circling racetrack, I’m missing Christ. And I’m missing the opportunity to love others in way that changes hearts. I’m cheating myself of His power.Are you missing Christ along the endless circling racetrack of life? #chaos #stoptolisten #loveothers #leavealegacy #searchingformoments Click To Tweet
I remembered those in my life who didn’t leave my heart the way they found it.
Mrs. Priest who played hours of cards accompanied by never ending supplies of Girl Scout thin mints.
Mr. Seaver who not only made junior high biology and chemistry interesting, but as my first basketball coach, encouraged me to see the unique athletic gift I had.
Mr. Moe who, as a structured military man, filled me with math knowledge, but also reached beyond his tough exterior to extend tremendous compassion towards me.
Coach Dressen who believed in me, my skill set, and my ability as a leader, even when I didn’t believe in myself.
Leanne who, as my supervisor during student teaching, saw something special in me and encouraged me to shine. She shared Jesus in a way I hadn’t experienced before. I saw her love Him like crazy with joy and light overflowing. I knew I wanted life like that.
Coleen who encouraged me, mentored me, and became a friend with whom I wouldn’t know how to do life.
These are only a few. There were and thankfully will continue to be so many more. I’m sure their lives were full. I’m sure they were very busy. But they stopped. And they loved me, changing my heart each time.
I’ve been making changes. Pruning where it is possible. Figuring out my best yes’s and stopping to check in so I can hear what God is telling me.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I don’t want to miss those moments. I don’t want to miss Christ. And I don’t want to leave the wrong legacy.
It’s not easy, though. Pruning is hard work. Loving is hard work and knowing when to let go is sometimes even harder.
Where do you find yourself on the racetrack? Do you have some pruning to do so that you can leave the legacy God has called you to? Are you running on your own power? Or taking time to fuel up on His?
Dear Heavenly Father, You have so beautifully and uniquely wired each of us to have a story with a call. A call to use our story for Your good. A call to leave a legacy that points to You. Your love never leaves a heart the way it found it and I don’t ever want to be guilty of not pouring out that love into the lives of others. I want desperately to love others well. Lord, fill me with the wisdom and discernment to know when and what to prune out so that I don’t miss You or the opportunities You give me. Thank you for giving each of us the honor of being Your conduit of love. In Your precious and holy name I pray. Amen
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