Today is one of those days that gives reason for pause and reflection. You see, a good friend of our ministry passed away last week after a valiant battle with cancer. He was only 47 years old and left behind his wife, a college freshman son, and a high-school age daughter.
This morning, thanks to modern technology, I was able to watch Mark’s friends and family celebrate his life. As I write this, one frequently-mentioned word stands out in my mind: encourager.
Mark was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a lover of God’s Word. As a professional counselor, he encouraged countless men and women towards living a victorious life, but his influence spread far beyond his office. Eternity will reveal the extent of his godly influence and ability to infuse others with the courage needed to change or persevere or pursue with passion God’s calling on their lives.
Mark leaves a legacy of encouragement. What will friends and family say about you and me when they celebrate us someday? What one descriptive word will pop up repeatedly when they speak about us?
Here are a few possibilities:
Personally, I hope to leave a legacy of prayer because of its importance in strengthening one’s intimacy with God and its role in changing people’s lives and even the course of history. For this to happen, I need to be a woman of prayer in the here and now, making prayer my lifestyle—as natural as breathing.
Does one of these words describe the legacy you wish to leave? If so, which one is it and why? If not, please share a different word you’d choose.