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Legacies January 5, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Random Musings.
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Joe,

Good to have you back, brother. Thanks also for the free Spanish lessons. It is ironic that your last post was the 500th since we started blogging in July; ironic because #500 was actually the first post that accomplished what this blog was originally intended to accomplish: help us to stay in touch with one another while you are overseas. Thanks for the update.

Enough pleasantries; let’s get things rolling again!

Yesterday I mentioned a book called Brothers, We are not Professionals. It is written for people in pastoral ministry, and I first read it around three years ago when I had a desire for ministry, but not really any experience in ministry. So I figured that it would be valuable to give it another read, and I have been challenged and encouraged by much this time through.

As I was reading, I came across a quote from CS Lewis, who said,

“It is a Christian duty, you know, for everyone to be as happy as he can.”

My aim in this post is not to defend that statement, but what I was struck by actually was the footnote: “From a letter to Sheldon Vanauken in Vanauken’s book, A Severe Mercy…” It dawned on me that CS Lewis died in 1963 — a little more than 43 years ago — and lived on a different Continent than me. Yet here I am sitting in my office, blessed by a though-provoking quote that came from a personal correspondence with a friend of his more than forty years ago.

It made me realize how, if our lives are lived well, we may never know the real legacy that we leave with people. Obviously CS Lewis is a famous author who wrote many books to be read by wide audiences. But this quote did not come from one of those books. It came from something as simple as a letter to a friend, and it’s still speaking to people decades later.

We may think that our lives are so small and insignificant. And if not for the grace of God, surely they would be. But it truly is a wonderful thought that if we are faithful in little things — like writing a friend a letter to encourage them — that God could use that letter (or whatever other small deed of kindness God may stir us up to do) to bless an untold number of people that we could never imagine. Without knowing it, our lives have the potential to leave the aroma of Christ for others for years to come.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Striving to be steadfast in my labors for Christ’s sake,

Larry

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