A Mother’s Legacy


Years ago I stumbled upon the most amazing “junk find”!


I was strolling through a second hand store when I found a pottery crafted wall hanging.


It had muted copper colors and was a perfect match for a lonely wall in our guest bedroom.


What was even more amazing was the inscribed quote about legacy.


It’s a little long but worth the read.



“The cumulative effects of an individual’s life which have the potential to influence future generations-manifested in those beliefs, attitudes, philosophies,  talents, and traits that were impactful enough during the course of a lifetime to have a continuing sway.”


 “Continuing sway.” Is there anything that has more continuing sway than a mother?


No doubt the word “mother” brings forth unique thoughts for each one of us.



For some it’s warmth & safety.


For others it’s encouragement or the example of a life characterized by hard work .


For yet others, the word stirs up thoughts of laughter, lightheartedness and perspective.


Whatever the characteristic, “mother” is often equated with love.


I know that’s the kind of legacy I want to leave.



This morning my quiet time was haunted by the memory of the less than gracious tongue I had with my children the night before.


I wish I never lost my patience.  I wish I were the best Mom ever.  I wish I were perfect.



My “Mother’s Day Legacy” was in need of a boost.



Fortunately, the forgiveness I found this morning is the same kind of forgiveness that’s flows freely at 1 North Harmon.


I used to beat myself with a stick over my maternal failings but I’ve learned it doesn’t do any good.


Instead, I take encouragement from what I read this morning.


“So chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility  quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense…And regardless of what else you put on, wear love, It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”  Col. 3:12-14 MSG


Bottom line…I have a legacy of love to leave and it begins with me pushing the “re-start” button this very minute.


In fact, I think I’ll go get dressed now…in my “basic, all-purpose garment”!


Blessings this upcoming Mother’s Day!


Your DoAhead Friend,

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