This past week the world lost a beautiful soul. I have been struggling to make sense of the heartache and (honestly) bitterness of her death.
When I was young, dumb, and immature in my faith, Julie poured into my life with care, love, and authenticity. There was nothing fake or pretentious about her and she encouraged me to find that same place. So often Julie would open her home to me and The Bible with me. She was a spiritual mom who instilled good things in me at such an impressionable time of my life.
Her legacy will be felt by anyone who had contact with her. Julie’s influence is deeply seated in the hearts of those she loved. Even when I saw her for the last time, she was encouraging me and speaking truth and love over me. I am so fortunate to have that memory.
Yet, what do we do with the love and care we’ve been given? I can tuck these nuggets away as memories or fond thoughts, but it can be disservice to Julie’s work for the Kingdom.
God doesn’t waste a single interaction, He had intended for her to influence each person as she did. What a beautiful reminder our legacies are forged when we gently step into the footprints of our forerunners.
Julie may no longer be running her race, but she is continuing to propel others into the next phase of theirs.
For months I have felt the tug to lead a group through the book of Hebrews. I’ve disobeyed by putting it off due to fears and insecurities. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? I’ve received my wake up call, no more putting aside the assignment. I have a legacy to leave, and I want it to be one which honors God.
Beginning in January I will be walking through the book of Hebrews here on the blog and on my Mustard Seed Life Facebook page (@MustardSeedLifeKV). I’m inviting you to join me. I will offer some insight, but mostly I want to encourage you to DAILY engage with God’s Word and find The Creator on every page.
Hebrews 11 has one of the most recognizable section on faith and the legacy left by spiritual parents, it seems the most fitting tribute to such an amazing woman.
Here is to the new year and a heart ready to run with abandon! Blessings!