I Am a Legend.
Bold, huh? To call oneself a Legend…
But as I sat down last night, looking at this image on my phone, the sentence hit me like a bold whisper. It was like a messenger from heaven had slipped me a note as he whisked on to his next stop for the day. It was a revelation that quickly took residence in my brain, serving as a reminder as to who I am in that amazing child’s eyes.
I am a Legend.
Someday, when I am gone, they will talk about me. They will reminisce about me…
Remember how we were always late – for EVERYTHING – and Mom would ask if anyone had seen her phone as soon as her butt hit the front seat? She’d lecture us about watching TV in the mornings, and then we’d pray in the car for the day to get better. Her hair was always wet. Remember how she’d twist it in that crazy side bun? Gosh. We could never find a hairbrush! She always found the time to make breakfast. Well, until she started buying those frozen De Wafelbakkers Chocolate Chip Pancakes…
And that’s where we are now…
Always late… Hair wet and usually unbrushed… Praying for patience, favor, and grace at every turn and eating microwaved pancakes as we run out the door…
And on the eve of my 36th birthday, the Holy Spirit called me a Legend.
A Day of Loving Well…
I may never do anything great in the eyes of society. I may never leave a lasting impression on the human race. But for these four beautiful girls, right now, I am everything, and someday, I will be remembered for many things – hopefully for much more good than bad.
I am a Legend, building a Legacy, and every day that I wake up in that understanding, that is a day in which I will love well.
Life is not about ourselves. Life isn’t even about our reputations. What marks a life most deeply is how you are remembered. What good are riches and rewards if you lived without compassion? What good is confidence if you lived without mercy? What good is a beautiful wardrobe if no one talks about the beauty of your soul when you become a memory?
1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.(1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
I think one of the greatest challenges I face in this stage of my life is the challenge of living in the now while simultaneously living for the future. And when I heard those words God breathed on my heart, I realized that my future is now. The way I live today, the way I love today, the smile I share today, the hugs I give today, the softness in my tone and the gentle patience in my gaze… that person I am right now will be the legacy. There is no need to fret and strive in order to become someone amazing or worth remembering. Being who you long to be right here in the present is the answer to that mystery. Making small choices all day long to love and live in the moment… that’s the secret to becoming a Legend. You are one already. You are a Legend, unfolding.
Happy Day, to You!
And so, as a part of my annual birthday tradition, I want to leave you with a gift today that has impacted my heart greatly. I recently had the opportunity to hug one of my own personal Legends, New York Time’s Best-Selling author and creator of The Hands Free Revolution, Rachel Macy Stafford. Her vulnerability and willingness to share her heart has helped shaped my own. I am confident that her words can inspire anyone, in any field, in any life stage, and of any gender. Her words speak to the heart of every human, and I am so blessed to have a beautiful, hardback, signed copy of her latest book, Only Love Today, for you.
And that’s not it! I will also be gifting this year’s Klover House Favorite Things Giveaway winner with a few more goodies. I am keeping them a surprise for now, but they’re good. I’ll give you a few clues… decor, bling, and some things for the soul. 🙂 You will love it!
An excerpt from Rachel’s amazing book:
So, in closing, I hope you are blessed today. I hope someone is kind to you. I pray that you feel loved today. I hope that you make someone smile and that someone makes you smile in return. I hope someone gives you a hug today. I hope you have time to dry your hair and that your kids don’t eat your chapstick. I hope the leaves are still beautiful where you are and that you enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea with good company. I wish a good day for you. That’s my birthday wish this year – a very good day for you, my fellow Legends. We’ll talk soon…
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One thing that made me smile was Miriam’s crazy dancing last night, and she was walking around the house for a few minutes before bed singing, “Jesus calls me Princess.” I was really caught off guard, because she’s only two and a half, but it made my day.
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