When I was thinking about what to blog about this week, Papa dropped the words leaving a legacy into my thoughts, so that’s what I am writing about today.
The first thing I did this morning was look up the definition of legacy; ‘an amount of money or property left to someone in a will’. This got me thinking about how this applies to ‘leaving a legacy’ and what God wanted me to write about….
So, I looked at synonyms for legacy and things started to make more sense; inheritance, heritage, gift, birth right, provision or endowment.
Whether we realise it or not we will all leave a legacy, planned or unplanned and this has been brought home to me over the last few weeks as the result of my father in-law passing away recently. This weekend we met together as a family to scatter his ashes and through discussion it struck me that he has left a legacy. As I chatted to members of the family they were talking about their memories of him and what a kind and caring man he was and the way he made people feel special. He has indeed left a legacy and made his mark on family, friends and the local church, where he was involved with youth work.
As I reflected on this I thought about the reason for this blog, my personal journaling and the importance of sharing testimonies of the amazing things I have seen and heard God do. In pursuing a lifestyle of living a naturally supernatural life I often see God break in to my daily life through answered prayer, healings or God’s amazing provision. The miraculous is not just something I read about but something I see with my own eyes and hear about on a weekly basis.
I am fortunate enough to be involved (as regular readers will know) with a Supernatural Ministry School called TSM (based in Bedford). It is totally normal to see people get healed, set free from things that have held them back, seeing people get saved on the streets and to experience Gods miraculous provision in many different areas of their lives. A regular part of the school is ‘story time, where students share stories of what God has been doing so we can celebrate. The bible talks about the importance of sharing stories (message version),
Psa 78:1-4 Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth, bend your ears to what I tell you. I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb; I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, Stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation— God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done.
It is so important to pass the stories on and tell of God’s amazing work in our lives and the lives of those around us. I personally can’t contain my excitement at the goodness of God and write everything down so I don’t forget. It is incredible how fast we as humans forget; even when we see the miraculous, parts of the story can get forgotten.
I want to continue pressing into God and all that he has for me and the desire to see the miraculous continues to grow within me. I am hungry for revival and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit across the church again. This provokes me to record what I see to leave a legacy for my own children so that they go after God with all they have and to expect to see miracles and people saved in increasing numbers. I want my hunger for more to be a legacy for them so they don’t settle for less.
So, just as I feel inspired by the people who have gone before me and what they went after that I can now walk in the goodness of, I am praying and contending for future generations to come. I am being mindful of the legacy I am going to leave for my family, my friendships, my colleagues and for those I haven’t even met yet.
I am so grateful to heroes of the faith like Smith Wigglesworth, Kathryn Kuhlman, Aimee Semple McPherson, John Wesley and more recently Heidi Baker and Terry Virgo. What they have prayed for and gone after with God means we get to benefit from today. They have left a legacy and inspired so many. Now I’m not suggesting for one minute that we are all going to have this sort of impact but we will all have an impact.
Maybe you have never thought about the legacy you are going to leave for the next generation but it’s never too soon to start!