That word future means posterity – something passed on to your descendants…I thought about what has been passed on to me both through my Grandmother and my mother… as it says in Timothy …a living faith.
In my Grandmother I received her passionate love and trust in God. She suffered from migraines all her life so she would sit at her kitchen table and pray for 5 hours every morning until the headaches subsided. She was a woman who prayed and loved God and I know I am who I am because of those prayers.
In my Mom I received many things but two stand out the most and these two items left in her room are evidence of these gifts…A hug would make my day magnet…My mother loved people and saw every person as a future friend. Although she was confined to a wheelchair the last ten years of her life, she reached out to everyone and did not wait for them to come to her. She called them to her and hugged them, which immediately said “I want you to be close” “You are important!”
Second this little guy (a laughing Santa)….She gave me the gift of laughter. When my father passed away leaving her with two young children she would always say “if we don’t laugh we will cry” so she found ways all the time to bring laughter into our lives in every way she could. Many nights we would go to bed listening to her giggle as she watched a TV show or found something else funny in her world. What a legacy she left because the fragrance of her life still lingering in mine.
Each of us by how we live…leaves a fragrance lingering, something that is passed on to those around you. If we chose to live honestly and upright before God have an eternal, life-giving effect on the lives of those around us
We can celebrate the lives of those who gave us life and remember that our lives can have eternal impact to the lives of those around us and that we each leave a fragrance.
2 Cor 2:14 Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. THE MESSAGE
2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. NKJV