Do you ever think about the legacy you are leaving? What do you think of when you think of leaving a legacy?
I’ll give you one example and since they’ve been in the news a lot lately, they’ll probably be fresh on your mind. Consider the Bush family. George H. Bush was president of the US from 1989 to 1993. Eight years later, his son George W. Bush stepped into the White House and assumed the same role as his father. This is the perfect example of a living legacy – living your life in such away that those who come behind you want to follow your wisdom and life experiences.
That’s an example of an immediate legacy – within the family. But what about passing down your legacy to people whom you don’t know and more than likely will never meet?
If you haven’t heard of Elisabeth Elliot, I want to introduce you to her today. She lived a fruitful life that will impact generations to come. Her life was not void of suffering, yet she was faithful to The Lord through all of the trials she experienced. And because of that, she has left us with much wisdom.
She has written many books, but I want to spotlight one: Keep A Quiet Heart. It’s a compilation of articles that she wrote and radio shows that she hosted. It sits on my coffee table, and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t read and glean something from this faithful woman of God. I highly recommend it, and you can buy it off of Amazon here.
Elisabeth was born to missionary parents. She married a man named Jim Elliot who would later die while spreading the gospel to an unreached people group, so she spent most of her life on the mission field. When Jim died, she re-married and after four years, would be widowed again. She remained single for several years before marrying a third and final time. Elisabeth lived out each season in her life faithfully.
Up until 2015 when she entered into the presence of Jesus, she was a living legacy. Her impact is far-reaching in the words that she wrote and the faithful and sacrificial life that she lived, taking the gospel to all nations. She truly is one of my heroes of the faith, directly impacting on my daily walk with God. Today, I have collected some of my favorite quotes by Elisabeth and I am excited to share them with you all. I hope you are encouraged and challenged by each one!
I have a Pinterest board full of her quotes and I would love for you to follow it here.
“When ours are interrupted, His are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable).”
“Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”
“He is always doing something–the very best thing, the thing we ourselves would certainly choose if we knew the end from the beginning. He is at work to bring us to our full glory.”
“Some of God’s greatest mercies are in his refusals. He says no in order that He may, in some way we cannot imagine, say yes.”
“I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.”
“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.”
“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss. The great symbol of Christianity means sacrifice and no one who calls himself a Christian can evade this stark fact.”
“The way you keep your house, the way you organize your time, the care you take in your personal appearance, the things you spend your money on, all speak loudly about what you believe. The beauty of thy peace shines forth in an ordered life. A disordered life speaks loudly of disorder in the soul.”
Is there someone in your life who has left or is leaving a legacy? Do you have anyone that impacts your life in the way Elisabeth Elliot has mine?
And today, I am giving you all something free…because we all love free, don’t we? To hopefully encourage you through Elisabeth Elliot’s writings, I have created a download for you today! You can print, use it as wallpaper – whatever you like! (just a sidenote: it fits perfectly as an iPhone wallpaper!)
Click here to download!
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”