My dear friend Jean Rae moved back to Pensacola over the weekend. She is in the assisted living facility at Carpenter’s Creek. I had a great visit with her on Monday. While she has four types of cancer her mind is as sharp as ever. She does not need to be overwhelmed with visitors but she would welcome contact from her Olive family. During my time with her we discussed legacy. Miss Jean is the one that God used to push me toward the Ministry Village. She is a former staff member at Olive. In recent years she has left her mark in Perry, Georgia, where she began the jail ministry as well as other outreach to needy people.
At death we all have a legacy. The word means to bequeath. It is associated with what one gives or leaves behind at death. While it includes money, more than material goods are involved. It also includes influence. In recent months the local paper in Perry wrote about Jean. It was all about her influence and good works. I am glad to have her back in town.
Think about it for a few minutes this morning. When you die (and you will), what will be your legacy? What will you leave? If you are reading this you still have time to work on it. Some people seem to be driven by the legacy they will leave. If you are consumed by what you want people to think of you that is what they will remember. That is a selfish motivation. Spend time pursuing God’s plan and vision. If it is His plan your legacy will be in great shape. Jean Rae isn’t finished yet. But part of her legacy is being shaped in the ground work of the Ministry Village at Olive.
Pastor Ted Traylor