Recently I was reading through notes I saved over the years from her. One thing I specifically remember about her was her ability to take advantage of little moments like short conversations or annual birthday cards to speak wisdom and to impart this legacy of faith. She would weave her wisdom into discussions about school or boys or the future.
One card from her stood out. The birthday card from when I turned 13.
My favorite line in this beautiful note is,
Love the Lord
Nana knew that to love the Lord is to know Him and believe who He is. Which for me means I don’t need to fret over upcoming moves, timelines, or the unknowns. I simply need to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. Nana did this with her whole being.
Love [to love dearly; have deep affection for] the Lord [the one to whom you belong; your master; the one who is in control].
Cherish His Church
Jesus came to earth, lived among and served a bunch imperfect screw-ups and willingly gave His life for us. He literally died for a bunch of crazy, idolatrous people, including me. The people from every culture and language spread across this planet who believe Jesus died for them are collectively the representation of God to the rest of the world.
Nana used her life to serve the Church. She was consistently giving of her time, teaching others about Jesus in every season of life, and truly cherishing the Body of Christ. There are many who doubt the power of the Church, and see it for all its flaws. We are all in need of forgiveness for our mistakes, on an ongoing basis. When we are saved by grace, accepting God’s undeserved forgiveness, we can then offer that without reservation to others without expectation.
Cherish [to hold or treat as dear; to feel love for; to care for tenderly; to serve] the Church [the body of Christians scattered throughout the earth].
Believe His Word
Nana knew the Bible and believed it. I’m pretty good at trusting myself, putting my confidence in my skills or knowledge. But to believe and have full assurance in the Bible? I cannot say this is true of me everyday, especially in the world we live in where everything is criticized and watered down. One thing about the Bible though, is that it can stand up to my doubts, my questions, and my uncertainties.
Believe [to trust; to think to be true; to place confidence in] His [Jesus’] Word [the living and enduring Word of God].
Living a Legacy
I am grateful for the legacy of my great-grandmother in encouraging me in every moment she could to put my time and effort into things that will last. She was an example of someone who did these things well.
Bless you, dear friends, as you go about your days may you,