A Christian Legacy

Read Romans 12: 9-21 The Marks of the True Christian

"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6: 8 (NRSV)

Wilma Rose Vernich is from Tennessee. One day while she was cooking yet another big meal in their family kitchen, she signed and asked aloud, "What will others remember most about me when I'm gone - the cooking or the cleaning?" Her husband jokingly suggested this inscription for her future tombstone: "She made good bread."

This humorous exchange led Wilma to do some serious thinking about the legacy she would leave. In Western culture, corporations, churches, families, and even individuals are often charged with composing a "mission statement," a reason for doing what we do. An even more daring challenge is encouraging individuals to write their own obituary while they are still able to do so. If we think ahead of time about what we want said about us at the end of our life, we will be motivated to live up to those words.

Wilma knows that the best words for her to live up to are found in today's reading, which she carries around in her purse. These verses guide her daily life. They tell her how to love others and when. As followers of Christ, we can find our life's mission statement powerfully stated in these words. If we would listen and follow the list of things we should be doing in Romans 12:9-21, this world would be so much better off.

Prayer: Our loving Father, we pray that the world will see Christ in us more every day and come to know your grace and loving-kindness through us - all to your glory, in Jesus' name, amen.

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