It’s been a while since my last post. I had a book signing right after Thanksgiving and then I put on my many other hats. For me social media takes the back seat during the Christmas season so I focus on the purpose of the season.
Since retiring, I have thought more about my legacy and how I want to be remembered. Before I make new resolutions I look back at the last year to see if I kept my focus.
I am thrilled that my book As Angels Sing was published last year. Twenty years have passed since the death of my Down syndrome sister and I wanted a tribute to her. She is gone, but not forgotten.
The story was written from my heart and reflects the legacy I want to leave to others. I believe life is so much better when we trust in the Lord and extend the same unconditional love and forgiveness to others that he modeled. I have experienced that love and tried to show that through the characters with their actions in difficult situations.
The other subplots were important, too. Despite pressing issues the community came together and supported each other when problems arose and encouraged those who needed it. They served the less fortunate at the homeless center. Generosity continued beyond the Christmas season. The needy forgot about their own needs when a crisis occurred.
Isn’t that what life should be about? Does that Christmas spirit end with Christmas? What if we all had the same Christmas spirit of giving for the whole year? Wouldn’t life be so much better?
The characters in my the book relied on the source of their faith to do what they could not do by themselves. A young girl with Down syndrome helps them find lost hope and genuine faith though facing a storm.
Does that Christmas spirit end with Christmas? What if we all had the same Christmas spirit of giving for the whole year? Wouldn’t life be so much better?
I went to New York City on a bus trip in December. Seeing the tree in Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and the store windows was amazing. But the one thing I noticed the most was how people walked quickly past all the homeless people and ignored them sleeping on the side-walk or asking for coins. Each one of them has a story and each one is God’s creation. One man had a sign saying “I Don’t Matter.” Around him were probably the only belongings he had.
We all should matter. In a way we all have some kind of issue. The color of our skin, our race, our nationality, economic status or handicap shouldn’t alter how we are treated, but it does.
I want to be remembered as having a strong faith and doing life with God. I want to always be a generous person who lives loving unconditionally. I want to help those who are less fortunate year round. I also want to lead others to see through God’s Eyes.
Here is a link to a great video that might change how you look at others –
Jobs are important, but when we leave this world it won’t matter how much money you made or how many possessions you have. If you died today what would people say about how you spent your life? What would you want your obituary or eulogy to say? Did you have time to love others? Did you notice those in need? How would others know those things about you?
As a Christian, I want to be remembered for sharing my faith and love for Jesus. My characters loved Jesus and did life with him despite the trials they went through.
In the next few weeks I will focus on some of the subplots in more detail.
May this new year be a great one for you. Put Jesus in the center of your life and he will show you what is really important. You will be glad you did!