What is your legacy?

This holiday season we had the privilege of celebrating my grandfathers 88th birthday. This man is one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world! His life and legacy is like no one I know. He has a servants heart, he loves and accepts and helps anyone who needs it. He is the closest thing to living a life like Jesus that I have ever seen. He isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, or hang out with those that haven’t made the best choices in their lives. I think about his way of dealing with others and the life that he has so generously lived and cannot help to wonder, what kind of legacy am I leaving behind?

Our friend recently lost his father, he was the most famous Falcons football player of all time. His legacy is his beautiful family and his career, but even more so, his center that employs hundreds of special needs adults. There were hundreds of people that attended his funeral. His legacy will live on in his children, grandchildren, his center, and of course in his statue at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. What an amazing legacy he has left.

As we leave 2017 behind and head into a new year, I can’t help but wonder what my legacy will be. What kind of impact am I making in this world. God is calling me to do more. I am not exactly sure what that plan is as of yet, but I am seeking Him as I try and still the noise of life so that I can hear His still small voice. I am looking forward to a new year, with a full heart and home. I want nothing more than to make a difference this year. Even if that difference is only within the 4 walls of my own home, I want to be more of what God intended for me to be. I want my heart to be content. Content in Jesus, content in our home, content with our stuff (but really less stuff!). But I don’t want to be complacent. I want to be intentional with my time, my resources, by love, my relationships.

I challenge you to find what you want out of 2018. Pray about it. Let God show you what His plan is for you. I won’t be stranger on here either!  Happy New year from our family to yours! I pray your year is filled with blessings and happiness.

 

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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