There is something about that chair. It is not an "heirloom" in the traditional sense of the word. The chair has no monetary value. It was not an expensive chair to begin with. But in so many ways, it represents something much bigger and more important and more valuable than dollars and cents. It is a tie between generations - a physical piece of my past having an impact on the future. A small legacy.
Yesterday Ken and I took Ellie out for a birthday breakfast - just the three of us. It is a very rare thing to spend time with just one of the kids.
We had a wonderful time. Ellie got to choose the place, what she ate and it was all about her. As we were talking, I was thinking about just how important this event really was. This time to focus on her and tell her just how special and how loved she is, was really the best birthday gift we could give her. Of course there were birthday gifts that followed our breakfast, as well as special birthday cookies from her favorite bakery. But the time together - well that was priceless.
So as I looked at that picture today of Anna and my chair, and thought about this special time yesterday with Ellie, I am so thankful that my legacy for my generations is more than that little rocking chair. It is all of the time I get to spend with these precious little ones. Time to hug them tight and tell them I love them. Time to laugh with them and hear them talk about what is important in their life. It is being able to text and facetime with them. It is time to pray with them. Time to sow into their spirits.
So there it is. The most important things are often not THINGS but actually intangibles - your time, your touch, your prayers. What a great reminder. I am so thankful for this season of my life. When I have the time and the ability to be with my children and my grandchildren. After thinking about this, I will be more intentional about being present with them - really present. Not just physically there - but really aware of the moments. When you consider the importance of this, it is not just for our families - it is for everyone that we come in contact with each day.
Each of us has the chance to change the future by what we do in the present. We can spend time being with others - smiling, listening, holding a hand or giving a hug. We can pray for those around us. All we need to do is see ourselves as farmers. Sowing seeds into the world, leaving a bit of ourselves as we do, creating an amazing legacy for future generations.
Jesus, thank you for using a little chair to teach me an important lesson. Holy Spirit, continue to give us all those gentle reminders when we try to replace time with others with things. Help us to appreciate the physical things that tie one generation to the next,.Give us wisdom to create a spiritual legacy for our generations. Amen