The Most Important Moment is Now

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In recent weeks we said goodbye to my beloved father-in-law, Jack Burns. He lived for 85 years, was married to the same woman for 57 years and raised 11 children and has more grandchildren and great-grandchildren than most could ever imagine. He has left a lasting legacy and I am blessed to be a part of his story.

Jack’s father left him as an infant and he never came back to see the family again. Though Dad’s beginning was heartbreaking, his ending was filled with many, many people who cherished and loved him dearly.

It’s at times like this as I look at the story of someone who has had a huge impact on my life that I can’t help but think about what my story and legacy will be. I love the words of a beautiful song by Nicole Nordeman called Legacy…

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough?
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering…
A child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy.’

I just celebrated my 61st birthday and though I have written a number of chapters with my life, my story isn’t finished. It didn’t start with me and it won’t end with me. God has written my life and legacy into His bigger story and I know that my best days are still in front of me. I am truly expectant of what is still to unfold in this wild and wonderful journey of life.

The legacy of our past serves as a bridge into our future.

My personal story is beautifully anchored to the selfless commitment and investments of love and faith of those who have gone before me. That love and faith is truly the greatest inheritance I could ever have received and it is what makes me feel extremely rich. I realize that I am called to steward this investment wisely as a sacred responsibility. It is an entrustment that I am empowered to build upon and to invest into the future and 
I am determined not to squander it.

Perhaps you feel like you have been standing on your own and the legacy you have been given is painful or even shameful. I know that each of us have the power to change our story.

This present moment is filled with endless opportunity.

The most important moment of your life is this one. How will you invest it? What we are doing today is significant so don’t miss this moment. There are three things that you can not recover in life:

  1. The moment after it’s missed
  2. The word after it’s said
  3. Time after it’s wasted

This is a moment that is tied to eternity.I know God has made everything beautiful for its time. God has also placed in our minds a sense of eternity; we look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the doings of God.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11

We live in the hope of a glorious future.

There is an urgency to build a bridge for generations desperately in need of strong values and foundations. There are generations yet to be born whose very lives will be shaped by the choices we make and the actions we take. As an overwhelmed young mom of three daughters, I wasn’t aware that as I was raising my daughters that I was also raising my grandchildren—it’s a truth I know all too well right now.

We have a treasure, a seed of faith and hope, which we possess today. The opportunity to do something now for the generations to come that will set them up for success in life. God is a generational builder and this is our moment as we stand between past generations and the generations to come. Let’s invest deeply into the legacy that is being written over our lives at this very moment in history.

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough?
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering…
A child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy.’

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Helen Burns

Helen Burns

Helen Burns and her husband, John, speak around the world on the topic of relationships. They host the popular TV show “Relate with John and Helen.”
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