Leaving a Legacy
"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love The Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." -Deuteronomy 30:19-20
It is no easy task to leave a legacy that impacts others for good. To live a life that is so rich and full of the goodness and grace of Jesus Christ despite our faults and sin is a legacy that I strive to leave.
That is the legacy my grandfather, Dale Aycock, has left imprinted upon my my mind and heart. He passed shortly after 9pm last night- February 15th, 2013. His is a legacy of love and devotion- first to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, secondly as a husband to my grandmother for over 5 decades, thirdly to his four children- and now his reunion with his youngest, my Uncle Ben, his double-digit grandchildren and finally to the people that he and my grandmother have ministered to for over half a century.
His is a legacy of love. Scripture says that love is patient, kind, not envious or boastful, not proud and does not like to put others down, it is slow to get angry and doesn't hold grudges, it rejoices in truth, it protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. He was human, he made mistakes, he fell short, just as we all do, but I believe that my grandfather strove to accomplish the ideals found in 1 Corinthians 13. His legacy is one of hope in the free gift of grace that only Jesus Christ provides; joy in a life well-lived and an example of how to live for the glory of God for generations to come.
Thank you Grandpa. I love you. I miss you. I will see you when The Lord deems it time for me to leave a legacy of my own.