When one is seventy and contemplating one’s life, questions arise about one’s legacy. This was on my mind yesterday when I had an epiphany. I realized that my legacy is very limited. I have two children and no grandchildren. I haven’t won a Nobel prize or a Pulitzer. Even my writing hasn’t been published and the five textbooks that took up almost 10 years of my life are now out of print. The question remains: what have I done in life that is important. What is my legacy?
The Holy Spirit has led me to my answer. It’s not what we leave behind on Earth that is our legacy; it is what we have done that will last forever. Things of Earth will wither away and die. Only that which has been stored up in Heaven will live forever.
That being said, my question for all of my readers is this: What have you stored up in Heaven? Have you promoted the Kingdom of God? Have you lived a life that models the love of Jesus? How many souls have you saved by sharing your story? Who will meet you at the gates of Glory? How many seeds did you sow? What fruit did you produce? Do you know for sure that you will get to Heaven? Will your children? How about your friends: did you share with them the gospel of Jesus? Will they be in Heaven with you? Have you had that conversation with your spouse about being with him/her in Heaven? Do you look forward to your life in Heaven? Do you even know what Heaven is like? Have you lived on God’s precepts? Do you live for Christ? Have you given up SELF in order to be in His Kingdom?
These questions need to be pondered by all of us…young and old. The time is coming soon when we shall meet our maker. How many crowns will we get? Is our name in the book of life? Have we been forgiven? Have we forgiven those who have hurt us? Jesus says we shall not be forgiven if we don’t forgive. We can’t know Jesus unless we know the Father. Do you know God? Have you asked Christ to reign in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth about life and eternal life. Read your Bible…especially spend time in the book of John that is filled with the Holy words of Jesus. You will be convicted about the truth.
It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything, so I decided to sit and chat for a few minutes before getting back to my reading. I love to read, I think, more than I love to write…they are a close tie…
I took a photo of some cut-out leaves on one of our walls here at the Isles. I thought you’d enjoy them, especially if you live in Florida like I do. I only get to see the foliage when I visit my daughter in Jersey.
The weather is a little cooler here today…tonight we will be in the low 60’s…brrrrr…..
Autumn in Florida is fantastic…much nicer than the heat of summer sun. The days are in the 70-80’s and perfect. The sun isn’t as hot, but you can still catch a sunburn if you aren’t careful.
Wishing all of you a nice, pleasant fall….hope you get to catch some fall colors…if not, save these leaves.
Yes, some things get old and all you can do is throw them away! Makes me think about being disposable myself. My printer bit the dust after 10 years of service…mmmm.. in dog years that makes it 70 yrs. old, same as I.
These days you don’t even have to leave the house; just get online and look for printers. Found one that was $69…great! Hope it lasts 10 yrs. but don’t hold your breath.
It took me quite a while to install it. I didn’t go to bed until midnight! So…I guess that was about a 3 hr. job…compounded by the software repeating all the steps several times. Finally I just turned off the computer, rebooted it, and everything worked fine. So happy to have it. I use it all the time.
Next time something breaks, make sure you check it out on google.com first. If it can be fixed, you’ll find the solution there. If not, just chuck it!
Today is busy. Have to play “high stakes Bingo” jackpot $50.00. Then bowling on wifi…last week I made three 200 scores! Wow! Second highest score at the Isles! Wish me blessings!
At 70 everyone reviews his/her life and the things one didn’t get to do. I thought I’d share with my readers my late bucket list. These are items that I wanted from childhood, teenaged years, and adulthood.
1. Visit England, and rest of British Isles
2. Write a screenplay that is produced.
3. Direct a full-length movie.
4. Live in another country for 6 months or longer.
5. Be an orchestra conductor.
6. Change the education system in the United States.
7. Be a grandmother.
8. Spend a day shopping and not have to worry about the money.
9. Paint a canvas that would become famous and expensive to buy.
10. Cure mental illness.
11. Become a “healer” and do the things Jesus did on Earth.
12. Go to heaven.
As people age, they tend to share more; at least that is happening with me. I think of all the STUFF I have, and I want to share…give it away…get rid of it. My latest idea is to take my good stuff, wrap it up and give it for birthday or Christmas. That way I save money and someone else gets to enjoy my goodies.
Would you object to receiving my stuff? I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I live in a place that gets all my money each month. I don’t have extra to buy gifts, etc. Let me know what you think soon. I am going on vacation and need to take along three gifts.
OK out there. Give me an answer!
I have been so busy with Mah Jongg, canasta, and Mexican Train that I haven’t had the time to sit and write.
However, I have been thinking about my past and considering all the things that I did while young and how those things influenced who I am today. One of the items was my years in Camp Fire Girls, a scouting organization much like the Boy Scouts of America, only for girls back in the 60’s. Today it’s called Camp Fire, Inc. and is for both boys and girls.
Camp Fire girls had three levels based on age: Blue Birds, Camp Fire Girls, and Horizon Club.
I remember looking through the manual and picking out all the things I could do to earn beads or pics for my vest (Camp Fire Girls) I did all of the crafting units, cooking units, and other kitchen type exercises. I also did outside sports and camp out experiences.
I wish I still had my Horizon Club outfit. It was a gown, an Indian gown, which was decorated with all the beads I earned. I have stands and strands of string beads…orange, brown, blue, red, and red, white, and blue one. When I was a senior in high school, our house burned down and I lost all those precious high school memories.
Well, it’s late, so I will close. Keep the faith.
I can’t believe another week has flown by…time goes fast for those of us living here. I was busy all week with activities…Tues. Bible Study night…Wed. calling Bingo night…Thurs. playing Mah Jongg night, Friday Bingo night…Sat,Sun, and Mon, are free evenings. Thank God!
This week we had a memorial service on Friday for our Manager who was killed on Monday…it was a sad service. He died the day before his 60th birthday. He had a motorcycle accident.
Today we had a story telling session and the man who spoke told us how he got started…he sent off surveys to all his family and asked questions for them to answer….He had thousands of pics. to put into his books…he has done 3 full blown memory books for his family…he brought them to our class to show us. His talk was so interesting. I think he motivated some of them to get started on their memoirs.
Beautiful day here in Vero Beach. It didn’t rain yet. I think it passed over. sunset is lavender/pink. I still haven’t gotten Frank any new shoes. His old ones don’t fit him anymore. We are going to go to two new places on Monday to see if they can fit his feet to their shoes…
Daughter is coming to visit next weekend. I may have time for another blog next week; we’ll see. We love to take in a movie or two on the weekends.
God Bless, everyone!