Sunday, July 12, 2009

Living It Out

This was a weekend of good-byes. On Saturday we attended the funeral for my husband's cousin who died unexpectantly of a stroke. Then this afternoon we said good-bye to Jen, the daughter of another cousin, and her husband and kids as they head out to and new life and career in Idaho. As we said a tearygood-bye, Jen talked about looking to Bill and me as examples of parents whose kids have turned out well. I was humbled by her comment and this weekend of good-byes has me thinking about the messages we give when we don't even know anyone's watching.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has sat at a funeral and wondered what people will say about me after I'm gone. What kind of a legacy am I leaving for my kids and grandkids? Are they seeing integrity, compassion, and love for Jesus in my daily decisions and attitudes? As a writer, will the words I leave behind touch hearts and lives after I'm gone? Our latest release, Stillwater Promise, has a message about marriage I believe in passionately: Marriage is work, but so, so worth it. Don't ever give up. It is an extreme privilege to have a forum for writing out my convictions in story form, but if Bill and I aren't living out this principle before our kids and grandkids daily, my words in print will sound hollow.
My question to you is: How are you purposefully imparting wisdom to the next generation? What are you doing to "live out" what you believe?


Eileen Astels Watson said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Becky. But wonderful to hear of how you are mentoring to family with your life as wife and mother.

I hope that the example I live leads my children to living a life of joy and perseverence and trust in God. I guess time will tell whether or not I succeed.

Patti Lacy said...

Becky, you have been going through a lot this summer.

Daily I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me into actions that will speak the gospel. Without His helps, it's just a bunch of filthy rags...

Glad to see you posting again!

Lee said...

Imparting wisdom is a hard one. Just when we think we've got a handle on it, something happens and we're left with egg on our face. Very humbling! ;)

Prayer, prayer and more prayer. Not relying on just myself but trying to surround ourselves with Godly people as examples helps too.

It's a blessing to know that you've been a wonderful example of Christ for others. Everyone I know who've read your books have all said they've been touched and had truths shown to them.

When I grow up I want to be just like the other Pearls...;)

Becky Melby said...

Thanks for all your great contributions, Pearls. Awesome to see that you all mention prayer and trust in the Lord as keys to a life that will impact others.

And Lee--forget growing up! What fun would that be?

prashant said...

wonderful to hear of how you are mentoring to family with your life as wife and mother.
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