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A life’s work

My dear husband, Chris, has pointed out several times now that Getting Hammered (the book) is a life’s work, and therefore not going to be finished anytime soon. The most recent mention of this theory was when I said I’d come up with a new section, this one about grace. “I’ll never get done!” I said.

But if GH is a life’s work, then that is well. It takes some of the pressure off, certainly the pressure to finish it before my second child is born. Which is handy, because yesterday I decided I will add sections about Chris and Peanut (the nickname we’re using for child #2, as we do not yet know gender).

With what will soon be two children, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I will leave to them and to the world. A recent newsletter from Intentional Living asked “What sort of legacy will you leave?”

Well, let me think here….

Mark 10:44-45 (New International Version)

44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

All right, how do I serve? How can I tell if I am serving well, rather than just trying to make myself feel good?

Are you a pleaser or a servant?

Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

That’s the kind of legacy I would like to leave, a life where those qualities are in abundance and true (meaning they aren’t manufactured from a desire to look good). And I’d love to be able to pass those qualities on to my children, and to other people I meet over the course of my life.

I shall work on spreading the Word! Through GH and otherwise! 🙂

It’s good to have goals.

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