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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Leaving a Legacy

As I drop off my son each day at school, he asks, “Will I see you tonight?”

You see, I ensure that whenever I can (which is most mornings), I take my youngest son to school on my way to work. I do that to ensure I see him at least once during the day since I often have to work late into the evening. Lately, his question has broken my heart more than usual. I drive away crying, and I find that I am struggling more and more being away from my boys, away from my husband, and yearning in my heart to “come home”.

My job demands many hours and much effort. It consumes not only my presence, but also much of my thought, time and attention. And, as the sole person working in my household, I have felt basically powerless to change it. However, I pray that changes tomorrow.

I entered a contest through “The Daring”, a community website that exists “to bring women together to collaborate, grow their businesses, enhance their lives, and achieve their most daring dreams”. The contest was for a free one-hour coaching session with Dory Willer, founder of Beacon Quest Coaching, which specializes in business success, career and life renewal coaching. Dory went from being an executive at a Fortune 100 company to a successful entrepreneur, which prompted me to enter the contest. After all, she has accomplished what I have only dared to dream about. I am ready to make my dreams a reality.

The contest entailed writing about what makes me ready to take my life to “the next level”. I spoke of my situation, and I explained the work I have done to define my vision statement, which is:

To provide individuals desiring to improve their lives, and the lives of those around them, with Christ-honoring information and resources that enables them to achieve success and fulfillment, personally and professionally.

I wrote of several business models that I thought could be used to fulfill this vision. And, I asked for the one-hour coaching session to help bring clarity and structure on how to successfully start the process to move from a more-than-full-time job to living out my dream full time. I want to move from the temporary trappings of this world and leave a legacy that points to Christ, just as Nicole Nordeman’s song says. May God open my eyes and heart to the path that will lead me there…for His glory, not for my accolades. Nicole says it better than I can…

By Nicole Nordeman

I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me,
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest.
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who and so ‘n’ so's that used to be the best
At such 'n' such ... it wouldn't matter much.

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights.
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'.
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world.

I want to leave a legacy.
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering;
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed Your name unapologetically,
And leave that kind of legacy.

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthy list of all that I enjoy.
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such, will soon enough destroy.


Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred;
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...



Linds said...

Hi, Michelle... i have been reading through some of your posts, and I thought of a book which I think you might enjoy reading. It is It all goes back in the box, by John Ortberg, and I think it has just come out. I can so identify with so much that you have been saying in recent posts.
How lucky you are to have a father who is not afraid to say how much he loves you!
Thank you for you lovely comment.

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Great post, I love this song too, what a powerful message.

I pray that you are able to be home more, that God will open doors that no man can close!


Gina said...



Sharon Lynne said...

"Ask and it will be given to you,

Seek and you will find,

Knock and the door will be opened."

Asking to spend more time with your family...seeking it out....knocking on new opportunites...keep praying...keep asking. God will meet you there and lead you.

Beach Girl said...

A big HELLO from Yahweh's Retreat!

I've been on a stress break, but I'm back and it's good to stop in. I will keep you in my prayers.


Annie said...

Did you win? I've been praying for you. Being able to have more time with your kids is so important. I'm so glad that you want it. I've talked to so many moms that are so thankful they are working so they can "get away from their kids." I find that so sad. Personally, I love being with my kids. Sure I need an occasional break (which my husband is wonderful about giving me), but I enjoy raising my kids. I also home school my kids and love it. There is no better education and the time I get to spend with them is priceless. So anyways, I wanted you to know that I am praying that God will grant you your hearts desire.