That Kind of Legacy…

I want to leave behind a legacy. I think most people do.  Some kind of legacy – something to be remembered for. I think it’s a natural desire within us as humans. We want to make an impact on this world. We want to do something worth people talking about long after we’re gone – though it can be hard to plan your legacy. It just doesn’t really work that way. I think the best way to live – is to live your life to the fullest, following God with ALL your heart and being as faithful a person as you can be – and leave the rest to God. If you love God with all you have and love people with all you have – you will be remembered, count on it, because love these days, true love is harder and harder to find. But it’s what God asks us to do. To love Him. To love our neighbour. To love our enemy. That is the kind of legacy I believe God wants to help us leave. One that spurs on others to the same sort of legacy. A legacy of a powerful love and of a steadfast faith.

My husband’s grandfather passed away a few days ago. He was 110 years old. (Seriously). He lived a LONG and fruitful life and he has definitely left behind a legacy of faith. One that will be impacting people for years to come, I’m sure. He saw a lot in his life; lived through the colonization of Kenya and Kenya’s gaining of independence. He had a large family – 13 kids if I remember correctly and was married to one woman who passed away quite a number of years ago now. He has many grandchildren and great grandchildren living all around Kenya and other parts of the world.

I remember the first time I met this man. It was when I was in my first year of Bible College in Kenya and we took a trip (a couple other Canadians, myself and some friends – including my future hubby) to Kisii. Kisii is beautiful – all green and rolling hills and the air is clean and clear. At the time “Sokoro” (Grandfather in Kisii) was about 102 or so but he was bright and strong and sharp. He still walked everywhere in the village, still lived alone, took care of himself completely. And I’ll never forget the way he prayed for us. I always remember Sokoro’s prayers. (He prays for us every time we visit). I can’t understand much Kisii but there is something about the tone of his prayers; quiet but strong, simple but meaningful, powerful and authentic. You can tell he knows this God he’s praying to intimately. You can tell he’s a man of prayer and that he trusts God wholeheartedly. He was a man of faith. Plain and simple. And he was and continues to be an inspiration to his family and everyone who knew him. He might not have travelled widely  – but I know he touched many lives in his 110 years on earth.

Sokoro, you will be missed but we know you are now dancing with Jesus and I have no doubt continuing to intercede in prayer for your family. Rest now for you have run your race well.

I have always liked the song, “Legacy” by Nichole Nordeman. I want to leave the kind of legacy she talks about in this song. Just like Sokoro. You can listen to the song by clicking on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KEe-dA3a4M

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” ~ Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. GILBERT KENYA
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 18:56:06

    Your post evokes nothing but pure nostalgia about “sokoro”. It is consoling to know that he touched many lives during his sojourn on earth. We will surely miss him.

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  2. GILBERT KENYA
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 19:49:14

    Reblogged this on BIRD'S EYE VIEW and commented:
    HE LIVED FOR 110 YEARS “ONLY”, BUT HIS LEGACY WILL OUTLIVE HIM FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO COME.

    Reply

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