Last night I received a note from a person who read an article I wrote 13 years ago. It referred to something a friend said to me 22 years ago that still encourages people today. My friend’s legacy is now touching a second generation.
My friend, Maggie, works in the seminar department of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. She is now in her 70’s, and is semi-retired. Maggie is a prayer warrior. If you have a problem, you call Maggie, and she and her network of pray-ers will take your issue before the throne of God.
In 1989, I was fired from my first ministry. (I had not done anything wrong, but neither had I done enough right.) I was out of work and ministry for seven months. I was discouraged, depressed, and ready to quit.
During that period of time, Maggie called one day and read Hosea 2:14-15 to me.
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
Maggie then said, “Mark, I am praying that God will give you hope.”
In 1998, nine years later, I wrote an article entitled, “When you feel like a failure,” which was published in Kindred Spirit, a publication for the Dallas Theological Seminary family. I later posted the article on our church’s website and on my blog.
Last night I received the following note. The grammar is a bit jumbled, which indicates it was written hurriedly and with great emotion.
I am an attorney is Las “Vegas. A terrible thing happened and I have been having been suffering from depression and panic attacks for weeks. I could not sleep, and my days were consumed with fear and anxiety. But, I found it impossible to cry.
Today I read your article,”When You Feel Like a Failure.” I started to sob. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
May God bless you.
Maggie spoke words of encouragement to me 22 years ago. I wrote an article 13 years ago. Both her words and mine are still speaking clearly today.
Leave a legacy that outlives you.