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Last week the world lost a great woman — Barbara Pierce Bush.  While I knew of Mrs. Bush, it was not until her passing that I learned of her character, wit and fortitude.  From the accolades of her family and the rest of the world, she left a lasting legacy.

Mrs. Bush has long been admired worldwide.  Married 73 years, large family, both her husband and one son were presidents, two sons were governors, she lost a daughter at a young age, and had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who adored her.  She was the glue that held the Bush family together.  Sweet and saucy, sympathetic and soulful.  She passed away at the age of 92 after ceasing medical treatments to spend her remaining days in comfort care.  She was at peace, loved on her family, and shared her sense of humor until the very end of life.

Watching Mrs. Bush’s funeral, I thought a lot about legacy.  At a moment’s notice, any one of us can be taken from this world to the next.  What kind of legacy will I leave?

Oswald Chambers once wrote about two families from New York:

“Two families from the state of New York were studied very carefully.  One was the Max Jukes family and the other was the Jonathan Edwards family.  The thing that they discovered in this study is remarkable: like begets like.

Max Jukes was an unbelieving man and he married a woman of like character who lacked principle.  And among the known descendants, over 1,200 were studied.  Three hundred and ten became professional vagrants; 440 physically wrecked their lives by debauched lifestyle; 130 were sent to the pen for an average of thirteen years each, 7 of them for murder.  There were over 100 who became alcoholics; 60 became habitual thieves; 190 public prostitutes.  Of the 20 who learned a trade, 10 of them learned the trade in a state prison.  It cost the state about $1,500,000 and they made no contribution whatever to society.

In about the same era the family of Jonathan Edwards came on the scene. He was a man of God, who married a woman of like character. The study yielded the following concerning Jonathan Edward’s descendants:  Three hundred became clergymen, missionaries, and theological professors; over 100 became college professors; over 100 became attorneys; 30 of them judges; 60 of them became physicians; over 60 became authors of good classics; 14 became presidents of universities.  There were numerous giants in American industry that emerged from this family.  Three became United States congressmen and one became the vice president of the United States.”

We must never forget the impact what we do in this life will make — in us, in others, our marriage, and our children.  Our legacy will last for generations no matter how long you walk the face of this earth.

2 Timothy 4:7              “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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