“For the Thousandth Time…”

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I enjoy the kitchen. It’s the process of creating that I like and the reward of making the people you love happy and satisfied. Although cooking demands attention, it’s a great mental escape for me since I tend to live in my head.

My family has come to expect baked sweets from me. I enjoy making them but what gets old is the assumption that I must make (blank) whenever we gather. I’ve tried to give certain recipes to my sisters, but they don’t want them; they want me to make them.

The flip side of doing something well: you get marked for doing so.

In Days to Come…

Maybe I should be happy about it. I suppose I could have a lackluster or all-out bad reputation as the helpless bachelor in the kitchen (#9-1-1). “I can’t make it like you do” might be a compliment and mean “Michael, no one can infuse love and pride into that cake like you do.” It’s sentimental and becomes part of my tradition with others.

It’s the same way with the adages and admonitions our parents and elders gave us. This very moment there is someone’s voice you can clearly hear, a face and gesture you can see, from yesteryear giving you advice that you got sick of hearing at the time. But because you ate long enough from their table of wholesome advice, you are now a better person for listening.

The instruction we received became those folk’s legacy with us even though we weren’t always buying what they were trying to sell us.

Creating a Legacy

I wonder if grumpy Thomas ever rolled his eyes and said of Jesus, “There he goes again with ‘love your neighbor’!” Did any of the disciples need the smallest respite from Jesus? I mean, they listened to every teaching, crowd or no crowd.

That might sound funny (or irreverent) but they surely didn’t anticipate post-Pentecost. They had no clue that all Jesus was telling them would shortly become their saving grace in ministry.

Years later Peter understood the principle well, that his words were to his readers what Christ’s words were to the Twelve; so he explains, “I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have” (2 Pet. 2:12). Moreover, it was imperative because he knew he would soon die and, like a good parent, wanted to make sure his children were ready for greater responsibility.

What an honor God has granted the biblical writers, for we prove the point of good and lasting heritage whenever we search out certain ones for our devotional needs. We desire that voice because…no one touches our hearts like David does, no one says it quite like Paul.

And there’s something you do with others that you may or may not be aware of that really is making a difference in someone’s life, a legacy of your own. It could very well be what they’re balking at right now. Just keep at it. It’s sinking in…time will tell.

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19 thoughts on ““For the Thousandth Time…”

  1. As I read this, it kept reminding me of the song Find Us Faithful by Steve Green (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eERKnxzNzwg)

    It’s something that is always at the back of my mind – what legacy am I leaving my son, my family and friends?

    And your post has reassured me that we may or may not be aware of the impact we are making, but it is there. Thanks. I will keep at it, especially this few weeks. 🙂

    • We like the same music! I’ve loved Steve Green for years. God gives us an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy of righteousness and, in general, just the opportunity to make our world a better place. It’s so much easier if we follow his precepts. Cheers, Stephen!

      • Truthfully, that’s the only Steve Green song I know! But it is so rich in meaning and deep in truth.

        Leaving a lasting legacy of righteousness – yep. That’s pretty much it 🙂

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