Run with Endurance
Many of the writers have shared about people whose legacies have significantly impacted their lives, and interestingly, many of these legacy-leaving mentors have been our own grandmothers. I loved Ashley’s letter to her grandmother last Valentine’s day and Karen’s post where she shared the impact of her grandmother's church on her life.
As I am sitting here reflecting on this, on what would have been my grandmother’s 95th birthday, I am compelled to share her story as it is a legacy of living by faith and running with endurance.
One of her favorite words was “endure” - which she always did with grace and beauty.
By faith, she grew up during the Great Depression and truly learned what it meant to rely on the Lord for daily bread;
By faith, she pursued education and became a life-long learner, overcoming language barriers as the daughter of immigrant parents;
By faith, she cared for her father who suffered through the crippling effects of Parkinson’s dis-ease;
By faith, she waited steadfastly at home for my grandfather to return safely from WWII;
By faith, she trusted that God is good as she grieved the loss of her daughter who was hit and killed by a car at the young age of 13;
By faith, she raised five children and devoted herself to being a good mother;
By faith, she coped with the loss of her husband, and though she desperately missed him, knew that God still had a purpose for her on this earth;
By faith, she lived with physical blindness for many, many years, yet was filled with spiritual sight;
By faith, she moved in with my family during a time of extreme brokenness and pointed us to-wards Christ, our Rock and Refuge;
By faith, through all of this, she more than persevered, loved deeply and always with for-giveness, gave generously without hesitation, and prayed unceasingly for literally everyone she knew.
Therefore, surrounded by the legacy of her great witness, I am encouraged to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and… run with endurance the race that is set before [me], looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of [my] faith, who for the joy that was set be-fore him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV)
I pray that I am able to pass on her legacy, as God allows, to future generations, but I also can’t wait for the day when I get to join her in the great cloud of witnesses, and tell her once again, “Ich liebe dich, meine grossmutter.”
In addition to the great men and women of faith in the Bible, who do you include in your cloud of witnesses? Whose life and legacy encourages you to press on and run the race of life with endurance? What you can learn from his or her faith?