Willy "The Waver." That's how he came to be known. If you went to Baylor University or lived in the area in the late 80's and early 90's, you knew of Willy. He walked everywhere. And every few steps - as if having just been told hello or goodbye - he'd stop and wave; to cars, to people, to buildings, to everything, to nothing. Willie became a fixture in the city. Rumor had it that he was a war veteran. I remember seeing his story featured in the local paper years later. Pictured, of course, waving.
Yesterday we started our week-long discussion about legacy with Breakfast In Bethlehem, and I have to tell you guys, I was floored by your responses. I just sat, read and cried; nodding my head and saying your names out loud in agreement and prayer. If you missed yesterday's entry, skip down to the comments section and be blessed. And if you can, add your own thoughts to the list.
Friends, when you hear the name Barnabas, what comes to mind? Encourager, right? What about John the Baptist? Bold or maybe even radical? Indeed, scroll the Scriptures and reputations accompany names. Lifestyles beg legacies. And it's fascinating to me to think of the men and women who started it all; those whose names we now associate with characteristics we aim to emulate. All because of a carpenter who taught them to carve a life of love.
Fast-forward 2,000 years and here we are on a normal Tuesday. You may be about to hit traffic or you're getting ready to start a load of laundry or perhaps it's gym time or that morning walk; just sinners saved by grace, trying to live and love like Jesus, needing our health to get His message around the world. Wherever you are the second you read this sentence, I hope you're encouraged to put one foot in front of another. To give grace away. To love unconditionally. And to make the kinds of decisions physically and spiritually that allow you to fulfill your mission and with a legacy that makes a statement. And if you're not sure where to begin, wave.
- jimmy peña
For Discussion: Lifestyles beg legacies. Yesterday we talked about what legacy means and what kind of legacy you want to leave. If you're like me, you need to recalibrate yourself from time to time. Yesterday when preparing this entry, I turned on some old-school Acapella music and, "Lord, Reign In Me" came on. I tell you, if we want to reflect Him, He needs to reign in us, huh?
Lord, reign in me
Reign in your power
Over all my dreams
In my darkest hour
You are the Lord of all I am
So won't you reign in me again?