The Remnants

One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.
– Psalm 145:4

chapters life bookEvery moment, every day, we are writing the book that we will leave behind: our legacy. Every step we take – every move we make – every word we speak – every smile we smile will leave remains and create a memory for someone. Each of this snippets of everyday life collect and multiply as we move through our days – our months – our years – our life. In the end, these passing moments in time will leave remnants that will collect in chapters and create the book which we will leave behind for our friends – our kids – our grandkids – and future generations.

It’s never too soon to stop and consider what that legacy will be.

In this day and age of internet data capture, be assured that what we place online, or what is kept in any kind of cloud record, will follow us everywhere and be included in the chapters of the book of our life. The remnants of the steps of our life will be collected, and someday someone may pull something up about us from an online search. What will that snippet of information say about us? What will our legacy be? What will be included in the remnants of our time here on this planet?

It’s never too soon to consider how our legacy will live on after you leave. Be sure to check out my blog post about how to prepare – our legacy would be a terrible thing to waste. 822ee-icon_wink

Ever think about the impact our book – our legacy – will make on future generations? While typing one evening, I looked over at a picture of my daughter when she was very young and began to wonder. What will she remember about me as she gets older? What will she pass it to her grandchildren about me and the live I led? What will future generations take from my example and the remnants I leave behind?

The records I have of past generations are a treasure to me, and a reminder that our life does not end when the “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” mantra is shared over our body. These remnants of past generations are few, yet are a reminder that the impact created through daily moments and their consequences ripples out through the lives of others. Each of our moments, and how we choose to live them and share them, will create eternal ripples destined to effect generations to come.

Our legacy. Our book of our life should be a treasure for future generations to learn from and hold dear. Our life does not have to end at the moment our body dies.

11 Katie and Sandy at 15 months oldWhat legacy are we leaving behind, and how? In the past it was professionally posed photographs, handwritten letters, tangible treasures of life, and tombstones. Today we have social media, blogging, eBook opportunities, and data galore. Consider how the remnants of our days will create a legacy for generations to come:

1. Our legacy will let our future family know who we are through what we have written and the moments of life we have shared online. Think of the people you have come to know only through the letters or books they wrote. We can leave such a bigger – broader – better legacy thanks to technology.

2. Our legacy will pass our faith and what we hold dear to those we will never meet in this lifetime. Our recapped legacy gives us the chance to pass the baton of our experience well beyond our years.

3. Our legacy can be the catalyst to inspire our grandchildren and future generations to consider their meaning and impact of own lives, perhaps causing them to dream a little bigger. Some may even dream of being just like us, another blogger or social media poster passing on their faith to the world and continued generations.

What are we doing this moment – today – and in the days to come to create a legacy for others to find inspiration? What can we do each day to inspire others for generations to come? What can we do to create a lasting legacy through the remnants of our lives to impact others and share who we are, who we were, and how our lives had meaning and purpose?

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5 things to do when you don’t know it all

Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance…

– Proverbs 1:5

You’ve been there. We’ve ALL been there. The place where others expect you to know: the answer, the action to take, the decisive move – and you don’t don’t DON’T. You don’t have the solution to bring instant gratification and results to the challenge being faced. It’s a point where your back hits the wall and you stop. You face the reality in your face: you don’t know it all. At that moment, you may not even know much of anything. So…

What DO you do when you don’t know it all?

Face the reality. No one knows it all. As a matter of fact…
This is a huge secret kept well-hidden by most…
Many people face this reality consistently. They just don’t acknowledge it publicly. They may even squash it privately. This is where reactions such as bluffing, story-telling, embellishing, and sometimes down-right fib… no… lying become the norm.

Don’t stoop to that level. Rise to the reality. What to do when you don’t know it all?

1. Acknowledge it. Face it. It’s the TRUTH, for crying out loud, so believe it.

2. Smile. Welcome to the human race. Run the race with integrity, and eat a bit of humble pie.  You don’t know it all and, as a matter of fact…

3. Remember: Most people don’t LIKE people who act like they DO know it all, because they are obnoxious. #truth

4. Tell someone when you don’t know something. “I don’t know” is not profanity, does not make you weak, and makes you transparent. You become approachable. You become “one of us.” Leaders speak the truth. Be a leader – don’t hide the fact you don’t know it all.

5. Be teachable. Look for opportunities to learn. Ask questions. Be a life-long learner.

What to do when you don’t know it all?
Face it. Learn. Grow. Expand your horizons.
Life is a journey – enjoy it by learning as much as you can along the way.

Welcome to the human race. smile what to do when you don't know it all

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The Smile

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Have you ever been in a place in time and something bolts out of the blue to bring a smile to your face and a peace in your heart? Maybe it’s something seemingly minor, like a hug from a friend or a kind word – even an unexpected “thank you.”

Or maybe it’s a letter from God, inked by one of His servants, that touches your heart, seals a wound and gives you new joy for your journey.

Such was the case 5 minutes ago, and this is joy I want to spread with anyone who is reading right now. It comes from Holley Gerth and is meant for YOU.

Read… and smile. smile

Dear You,

You glance at the clock on the wall, the watch on your wrist, the time ticking away in your heart. It’s so hard to wait. You might begin to wonder if perhaps you’ve done something wrong, if what you thought you heard from God isn’t real, if maybe the promise or desire of your heart will go unfilled.

But while you’re waiting, God is working. Even before you spoke your first prayer, he had already begun. While you are going through each day and sleeping through the night, he is turning his purposes into reality.

It’s hard to not see what God is doing or know when the time will come. Yet that’s what faith means—to believe without sight. To wait, trust, and keep watching. You’ve been doing that on this journey, and God notices. He understands that it’s difficult sometimes. He doesn’t condemn you for wanting it now. Instead he offers all you need to press on to then.

A delay doesn’t mean you’ve taken a detour. It doesn’t mean a closed door. It simply can mean that our ways are not like God’s. The eternal One isn’t limited by time in the way we are here. He has heard you. He still hears you. And he is listening with love.

You have not been overlooked, forgotten, or set aside for something more important. No, my friend, every detail of your circumstance is in his care. You’re never out of his thoughts, never out of his plans. Not for one day. Not for one moment. Not even for a second.

Even as you read this now, he’s working on your behalf. And nothing, not even the hands of time, can hold you back from all he has for your future.


Holley Gerth

(inspired by Ps. 31:14–16; Eccles. 3:1; 2 Pet. 3:9)

I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer…
– Job 9:27

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The Sunrise

Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!
 – Psalm 108:2


It stretches and yawns, looking ahead to the morning while New year new day sunrisebidding a fond farewell to the darkness of night. The dawn of a new day is upon us.

Promise. Hope. Potential. What will the sunrise bring? One thing is for certain. The sunset will close another day in history, which will bring the new day we will create.

Greet it with a smile and purpose. Bring it in with a promise to make each moment count for the better. Rise with it to the challenge of making the most of the gift of the the new day.

It will be a day filled with potential.

Potential for greatness.
Potential for harm.
Potential for positive impact.
Potential to throw it all away.
It’s your choice. Your day will be what you make of it.

As the sun rises, here’s hoping we all choose to allow the corners of our collective mouths to follow the rising sun upward as we also rise, stretch and greet the dawning of a new and remarkably unique morning – the start of a day unlike any other EVER.

Make it memorable.
Start with the sunrise. smile

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The Goal

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 – Philippians 3:13-14

Life was not meant to be brutal.

At least that’s what media would lead us to believe. Life is meant to be LIVED, life is meant to be enjoyed and life is meant to be an adventure of adventures, a journey of joy and filled with wonderfully exhillaratingly breathtaking experiences…!!!

Until reality sets in, which is pretty much every moment of every day.

Life can be overwhelming – and so much more. The needs – the demands – the things that must be done “or else” pile on and pile up until the light at the end of the tunnel is extinguished, buried by the cares – the concerns – the worries – and the utter chaos that sets in when there is just way too much to do and far too little life to accomplish it all.

Jesus said it Himself: He came to bring life – a rich, full and satisfying life. A life of purpose – with a goal that lasts far past the time we spend on this planet.

Goals of life get lost because they come rushing far too quickly, like candy on an increasingly fast-moving conveyor belt. At first they are sweet and enjoyable to finish. Then they come faster, and faster, and faster as we shove them into our lives at an increasingly rapid pace that becomes… utterly BRUTAL.

Life ceases to be so wonderful then, doesn’t it? :-/

There’s hope. There’s a far better goal and endpoint ahead than the piles of to-do lists surrounding us.

…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34

The hope? It’s the confidence that we truly are not in control, and God is.

It’s the fact that no matter what I do, there is one Almighty God who knows the end from the beginning and all things in between – and holds it all in His Almighty hands.

The hope is in the goal. The ultimate goal. The end goal of all goals. The one goal we should focus on – around and above the incessant goals of life that pop in and pop back out of our daily moments of life on this planet.

We all have goals of life: daily goals, short-term goals, career goals, life goals.

Those goals are swift and fleeting. Life moves quickly. It grows into a beautiful flower that is picked and dies before we realize it.

Our ultimate goal is not to be crushed by this life, but to bloom here and leave a legacy that transcends and lives beyond our innumerably crushing daily goals.

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday

God has a place for His own that outlasts all of the crushing chaotic daily grind. It is eternity, and that is our hope. Keep your eye on the prize – the upward call of the One Who holds all of life in His Almighty hands.

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The Tomorrow

The truth? There is no guarantee.

And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
– Luke 12:16-21

If you want to know what tomorrow holds, or if you believe your plans right now are leading up to a better tomorrow, I have an update for you. They may not happen.

It may not happen.

In exchange for all of your
You are not guaranteed that you will have the tomorrow that you are looking forward to. You are guaranteed one thing: the present. So… as you read, you have this moment to make this one plan and purpose:
I will make the most out of the moment I have in my grasp right here and now, and use the present I have as the gift that it truly is.

If you’re feeling alone – you’re not. I’m here. Your friends are as close as a phone keypad or computer keyboard.

If you’re feeling down – there is no reason. You are the captain of your feelings, and it’s time to take charge and turn that sinking ship upside down.

If you’re feeling abused – you’re being held captive. Let go, and set yourself free. No one should be given the right to make you feel anything less than the Child of God you are. You are the giver of that right. Claim your right! It’s up to you to look your abuser in their face – real, virtual, or otherwise – and repeat after me:
You are nothing less than a bully. You have no right to treat me as anything less than a Child of God, gifted with abilities, strengths and talents as no one else on this planet because our Father has a unique plan for each of us which is perfect, wonderful and beautiful. I am part of His plan. You have no right to look down on me, disrespect me, or treat me as anything but a a masterpiece and handiwork of God Himself, created to do the good works that only I can do because He created me to do them.

Then smile
and walk away.
Bullies deserve no more. Bullies will reveal their true colors – sooner or later – to all who surround them and NO one wants to be part of a bully’s realm for any length of time.
Don’t stoop to their level. Rise to that which God has for you. smile

Treasure the moment you have right now, and use it to encourage yourself and everyone you can reach out to in love. Choose to do something good for yourself – and don’t wait.

The tomorrow may not be yours to claim.
The legacy you leave may be all that will be left for the tomorrow.

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10 things you can say to build greatness in others

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
   – Proverbs 16:24

The words you speak – and the way you speak them – can make or break a person. Seriously. You can make someone feel like they can do ANYthing, or absolutely destroy their spirit, with just a few words. Why not choose to speak life and positive momentum into another person? Before you speak, why not stop and choose your words carefully before saying something to someone else?

Has anyone ever said anything to you that stabbed you right through the heart? Once your words are spoken, they cannot be reclaimed and many times a few words can and will stay with someone – sometimes for the rest of their life. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to build someone up, so why not choose to be the positive influence that someone else needs?

Great leaders choose their words carefully. They share how they value others, and they choose to inspire greatness rather than tear down and destroy others needlessly. Great leaders are known by the great things they say every day, and they build positive influence and greatness in others.

Want to build greatness in others? Tell them in so many ways they ARE great, and they will believe in themselves because you inspire them. Here are 10 things you can say to build greatness in others:

  1. I believe in you.
  2. I appreciate you!
  3. I value your input.
  4. Your opinion matters.
  5. I respect you.
  6. You inspire me.
  7. I trust your abilities.
  8. (I know) You can do it.
  9. I care.
  10. You are doing a stellar job. I could not be happier.

Don’t ever let an opportunity slip by to build another person up. Don’t ever let anyone tear someone down without doing your part to support them. Don’t ever let anyone make fun of someone without stepping in.

Life is short. Use yours to build greatness in others.

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