Saturday, March 05, 2016

What Will You Leave For Us?

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."   ... Matthew 5:16


Not till Rory Feek's stories of his wife's cancer struggle went viral had I ever heard of Joey Plus Rory. At first I read only the headlines and avoided their videos, for truthfully? I hesitated to let the sadness touch me. This world sags with so much grief already--did I want to choose to connect to more?

But finally I braved it, thought, "I'll just view one video".  I watched Joey sing That's Important to Me--and was blown away by one of the most beautiful music videos ever, especially for those of us with homemaking hearts.

Wow. The kindred spirit-ness of it all! Joey and Rory had discovered the secret: what appears tiny in this life really is huge. Important. 

But then, alas. When Joey sang about growing old with her husband, I cried. Yes, the sadness touched me, but that was ok, for that gorgeous video is here to remind me of what matters and now, since yesterday, Joey is in Heaven which, Rory said, was her dream come true.

And this all made me think--again--what will each of us leave behind for everybody when we fly away?

Facebook complaints about who's running for President?
Moanings about people who use cell phones a lot?
Whining posts about weather that was too often hot/cold/cloudy/dry?
Crabbing rants about 'the new math' or high prices or ?
Arguments over the meaning of certain Bible verses?
Myriad instances of unforgiveness/holding back/worrying/guilt/fear?

Or will we leave memories of how we walked with God, saw true beauty as through His eyes and tried to help others know how good He and Grace are?

I hope you'll watch the Feek's video and spend this weekend, this whole rest of your life, realizing walking with God changes everything and Life sails by far too quickly to let the dark parts lead us.

When we remain in the light, oh the wonders which, daily, blow our minds and puff new life into our hearts...

... and help us leave a legacy worth remembering.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?"  ... Psalm 27:1


"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."  ... Psalm 51:10

And a special thanks to my buddy, Barbara, for sharing this at Facebook:



Terra Hangen said...

I will take time today to watch that video; you are so right about what is important.

Nan said...

I was a fan, and read his blog before she got sick. I made myself visit whenever he had a new post. So very sad. I can't listen to their music anymore, though.
I love what you wrote. You really are so right, so often about people and their whining, complaining ways.

Nancy said...

Excellent post! Thank you! I started watching Joey and Rory before Indy was born and followed them the rest of the way. Very sad.

Debra said...

Terra--thanks! Hope you enjoyed the video. I watched it again,this time with Tom, and cried like crazy. I might have to wait a long time to watch it again, but really, it's so beautiful.

Nan--I so understand about not being able to listen to the songs anymore. I'm currently feeling the same way, but am hoping that after some time passes, I can listen again, especially to That's Important to Me. Thanks for reading here all these years! (And I do still read your blog, but don't comment nearly as often as I should!)

Thanks, Nancy! It is a sad, thing, isn't it? I'm so thankful she's in heaven and I enjoy imagining her there singing with such joy.

Thanks, Everyone! Blessings, Debra