Left Behind

What is your legacy? What will your children remember about you? I recently attended a funeral and every person who spoke commented on the hard-nosed attitude of the deceased. What a legacy.

What are we holding onto? What attitude or bad habit makes us so undesirable to our descendants?  What changes must we make to leave love behind us? What do we hang onto?

Think on this prayer by Henri Nouwen.

Dear God,

I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!

Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?

Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?

Please help me to gradually open my hands

and to discover that I am not what I own,

but what you want to give me.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life

When we stand before God, we will find that nothing counts in our lives but the Christ and if we tell people that is who we are, then there must be sign of it in this life. Let go of the clenched fist and fill it with the love of God.

Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. (Romans 6:12)

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