Your Spiritual Legacy

“He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).” But, oh, how quickly time passes.

It’s the passage of time that baffles the scientists, brings wonder to small children, and tempers all our spirits. In fact, our time on earth is exceedingly brief — especially when compared with a limitless eternity.

Fear not. You are meant for eternity, dear friend.

Time on earth is temporal and this world definitely is not our spiritual home.

Heaven is our home and we are on our way to the most glorious and indescribable existence as we live forever with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

And yet, the Bible teaches that God created us uniquely and purposefully to “do good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).

There is something supernatural about the first snowfall of the year in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. I was privileged to be in Glacier National Park shooting photography with Nikon legend Bill Fortney and his team from His Light Workshops. And I had the singular opportunity to meet and shoot photography with one of my heroes of the faith, beloved pastor and author, Dr. Charles Stanley. On a blistery cold September morning, snow flurries filling the air, we had just shot along Avalanche Lake Trail and were moving along to Logan Pass and our St. Mary Lodge hotel. We rounded a mountain bend and came upon the most idyllic Christmas card scene — the first snow powdering the fir trees on Going To The Sun Road. An angelic choir heralded our arrival — at least in my mind and heart.

And it reminds me of how the seasons of our life ebb and flow as we journey with God. He leads us into His plans and purposes for us.

So how can we know what to do and which way to go?

Jesus showed us the way —

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15:4-5

To abide means to remain in vital contact with Jesus Christ. Choose intimacy with Jesus over distance and fellowship with Him over casual familiarity. Be a participant with your Lord, not merely an observer.

Your quiet time is vital every single day.

There are three things I always think as we approach a new year. I truly believe these three things are instrumental in helping us live out God’s plan for our lives.

  • First, choose a word for the new year. This word should come out of Scripture or at least be descriptive of a key verse in the Bible. I have had many words over the years that have helped me grow in the Lord. Some of my favorites are hope, trust, and believe. This year my word for the year is “new” as I think about the new things God is doing in my life and the new person we continually become through the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Second, choose a verse for the year. God will bring you back to this verse again and again as you learn what He is teaching you. My verse for 2018 is Isaiah 43:19 — “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
  • Third, choose a Bible reading plan for the year. It could be a devotional Bible such as The One Year Bible, which happens to be one of my favorites. It could be a Bible study that you will use each day. I am planning to begin the new year in my study A Heart That Hopes In God — Truths from the Psalms to Anchor Your Soul, a favorite book of my quiet times.

All of these things will lead to leaving a spiritual legacy that God will use in the lives of others well beyond your own stay on earth.

So what’s your spiritual legacy? What is the message that your life is giving to those around you? Is it a message of power, grace, hope, mercy and joy? Will you spend time with God and grow in your relationship with Him?

These are important questions to ask as we close out one year and brave a new horizon.

My prayer for you, dear friend, is that you will dare to draw near to God, live out His plan and purpose for you, and leave an amazing and life–changing spiritual legacy.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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…he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

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  • Title: First Snow
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  • Description: First snowfall of the year in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 9/18/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 12-24mm, FL 22mm, ISO 100, f/11, AEB.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Aurora HDR Pro, Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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