After having worked in the textile industry for over 20 years, my father became a Southern Baptist minister at the age of 42. He obediently accepted the challenge from God to go into the ministry even though it would be difficult and require changes in his family’s life. Daddy pastored small, country churches and his church members affectionately called him “Preacher Man”. Being raised in a rural farming community in Southside Virginia, it was easy for Daddy to relate to the people he pastored because he really was one of them. One of the things people would always tell you about my Daddy was that he simply loved and accepted them for who they were without judging them for their faults.
May 28th would have been my Daddy’s 87th birthday. We lost him to a heart attack in 1990 at the age of 58. It seems he was so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs that he neglected to take care of his own health. Just recently, two different men who knew my Daddy talked about the lessons he taught them and they way he lived his life for others. Even after all these years, he still has an impact on their lives because he left behind a legacy of love and faith.
Having faced health challenges from cancer, it really makes me think about the legacy I will leave behind for my children, grandchildren, friends and community. What will people remember was important to me? What lessons have I shared with others? I want to make an impact on the lives of those I love and the community where I live right now. I think about it because of cancer but shouldn’t we all think about our legacy? What will you do to make someone else’s life better today?
Blessings, Cindy J