Brighter With Each Generation - Sarah Walton
– something bigger than just our own lives.
When I think of the word LEGACY my mind immediately goes to families – to parents who invest who they are and what they have to raising their children. Parents who watch their children grow into adults who will go further and achieve more than they were ever able to in their own lifetime.
I think of the generations who have gone before us, and how they must have come to the end of their lives looking at the faces following behind them with a sense of pride and fulfilment that in the raising of their family they have achieved something that will last beyond them.
I believe there is a cry within every human heart to be a part of something beyond ourselves. To find meaning and purpose in something more – something bigger than just our own lives.
For me LEGACY answers this cry in my own heart. I have not been blessed with my own children, there will be no looking at the faces of my own grandchildren as I near the end of my life - but as a Christian I understand I am part of God’s eternal plan, and I find such joy in understanding that God placed me here in Auckland New Zealand, in this time in history very deliberately.
As I think about LEGACY over this month in particular, my heart is full thinking of what I get to be a part of here at LIFE. Walking in the new Central building some months ago, I was deeply moved to read the messages that we as a church had written on the walls before the building work began. Amongst all the incredible messages praising God for what he is doing in our city, the powerful declarations of God’s faithfulness, there were small touching messages written by little children, with such hope and excitement for life, for living for God, for being all He has called them to be! As I invest my finances and my heart into LEGACY, I think of those children – week after week God is touching them, speaking to them, encouraging them, calling them into the plan and purpose He ordained for them before the world began. His Church is truly getting brighter and brighter with each generation. I love how The Message bible puts it “‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.’ Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” (Haggai 2:9).
For me LEGACY is a beautiful opportunity to be part of building that temple – I picture our city, our nation increasingly being handed out wholeness and holiness and I am overcome with gratitude for God’s heart for us and for His invitation to join in with what He is doing in building His Church.
Personal Assistant to Ps Paul de Jong