Friday, August 19, 2011

Leaving a Legacy

I am frantic, trying to get packed for our mission trip to Joplin, MO. Busiest time all year in my job, I am staying late every day, trying to get my boss caught up.
We've not yet learned what we'll be doing in Joplin...Cass and I are going with a family friend from church and a strange guy who took the Emergency Response Training course and is the leader for the trip. We only know we will be sleeping in a church on twin mattresses. On the floor.
We have a 10 hour drive, when I think about all the fun places I can get to in 10 hours, I think, "I must've been crazy to sign up for this. I don't have time for this! Why me? What about the missed work, the money we won't see? What about this GUY?? What if he's a stiff? What if he's boring and terrible and hard to work with? What about my dog?? She'll miss me so much! Why did I DO this??"
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 

 "Legacy" byNichole Nordeman


  1. We have a group from our church in Joplin right now! Have a safe trip...I'm sure it will be everything you, hard work, maybe not so fun, but a huge help and blessing to the folks you will be serving. Post pictures!

  2. Have a safe and productive trip!
    I'm sure everything will be fine...

  3. I'm sure you'll find the trip to be very rewarding. Stay safe.

    Hopefully, the GUY isn't reading this post:)


  4. I think it will fill you up with more than what you took there, and be more rewarding than you could possibly know....the people you meet and the bonding you will share with the people you work with will be incredible. What a wonderful and selfless thing you are doing....but yes, I know exactly what you mean with prep with work etc. Great post. You really had some lines that made me think. Can't wait to hear about your trip.

  5. Safe travels Sissy. Hope you are enriched by the experience.

  6. I would think one would have to feel very good after giving so unselfishly of one's time.

    Be safe. I bet you will feel terrific about this trip after you get home.

  7. What a wonderful opportunity to give in such a direct way. Have a blessed trip!

  8. I can understand all your mixed feelings, but I know you'll be so happy to have had this experience. What a wonderful way to give back to those who are in need. Have a safe trip, Sissy!

  9. Anonymous7:45 PM

    Sissy, you'll be so glad you went in the end!

  10. I hope you are having a good trip. You should feel very good about what you are doing, Sissy.


  11. I think it's normal to be nervous whenever we embark on a new endeavor. Please keep us posted on how it goes. Blessings.


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