My last post told you that I am in the Sandwich Generation; those years when we are still raising a child while caring for aging parents. These years have represented far more privilege than dread. Far more.
A couple of months ago, I got an unexpected phone call asking me to come to work. The job offer was temporary but it was a good fit so I reported for duty the following day. Currently, I’m still there. I’m working in an office that assists pastors. My parents and siblings alone represent seven pastors and one church administrative assistant. How could I not go honor them?
Last Friday I was working through a data base. It’s one I didn’t know about until last week and one that needs a bit of updating. As I was going through the files, the record for John Hancock came onto my screen. My father-in-law now deceased. Gone four months ago.
I sat and stared at the screen and the name and the life represented. In the “notes” section it said, “Wife Venita passed away September 2013.” The life represented. The lives touched. The legacy left.
I knew he couldn’t stay in the data base because he would show up in reports and receive mail. So I highlighted his name. All I had to do was hit “delete” and I knew this record would be updated. My job would be done.
I couldn’t. Instead, I un-highlighted his name and moved to the next.
Later that day I called a co-worker and asked her to take on the task. I thought I was good by then, but I wasn’t. I still choked my way through the request. A little later I got a text that said, “John Hancock has been lovingly removed.” And I knew she meant it because she loved him too.
Then it hit me. Just like that. Highlight. Delete. That’s really what life comes down to in the end. Yes, we leave a legacy. But the legacy is created in the “highlight” portion of life. We create a life…in the “highlight.” We marry poorly or well in the “highlight.” We choose a Savior or not, in the “highlight.” We introduce others to Jesus, in the “highlight.” Then, in the end…delete.
I realized on Friday just how much the highlight matters.
Today – I’m still in the highlight portion of life. I want to make it count. I don’t know how long I’ll be in the highlight so it HAS to count now.
What are you doing with your highlight? Make it matter!
Joan Jasbring Carroll said:
Life is like a vapor and only what you do between the time when you are born until you reach the delete button counts, but more importantly is the new life you have when you surrender your heart to Christ,
It is still fresh in my mind as a teenager of 17 and had to leave home because of my new found faith in Jesus. Yes we can compare our life as a vapor, a burning candle and many things, but when the delete button is hit I want my legacy to be left in the hearts of my family and friends.
Each day you are writing a Book, make sure the writing is true, cause the only chapter that some men read is the Bible according to you. WHAT AN AWESOME THOUGHT.
Pat Dye said:
Absolutely beautiful, Jo. Love that picture of Johnny
Epiphanies come often when we least expect change in our lives. The Lord shows us what we need to know about life in His time; most often because he has a task for us that we otherwise may not understand. Your biography has many highlighted points of interest…put them together and you just might find the gift you have to share.
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JoAnne Hancock said:
Thanks. I’d love to find that gift. All in God’s time.
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