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Transformation by Truth: Day 32

Day 32

Excerpts from Transformation by Truth: 30 Days to a Healthy Heart, Mind and Body by Noelle Dey © 2012

Friday, March 24, 2017

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey

Blessing:

Sweet, sweet Jesus, thank You for another day. Thank You for opening our eyes to see the need to spend time with You. We come to You now, asking You to still our hearts and ready our minds to receive the message You have for each one of us. May our ears be ready to hear it and may our hearts be willing to obey it. For it is the powerful name of Jesus we pray, amen.

Scripture Reference:

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us…

Ephesians 5:12

Today’s Message:

I don’t know about you, but in my family, we grew up with a lot of Mom and Dadisms. You know what I’m talking about, right? My Mom raised us with the fear of going blind without proper lighting. Every time she walked into a dimly lit room where we were reading, she’d ask, “Are you going to night school?” A couple others from her repertoire were, “The world doesn’t revolve around you.” “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Aye yai yai! That last one was my response; it wasn’t another Momism.

Then there was my Dad. His sayings taught us to have a positive mindset, “Hang in there. The sun will rise again tomorrow.” “There’s a difference between playing to win and playing to not lose. Play to win and get aggressive!”

Learning to use the power of my mind through the Dadisms has benefited me in numerous ways. Oddly enough though, his way of thinking made the hardest part of my life thus far even more difficult. My sister and I didn’t grow up with our parents being spiritual leaders. So when they went through their heartbreaking battles against cancer, they valiantly fought with optimism more than crying out to God.

Talking about death and dying was out of the question. Lori and I desperately wanted to pray with them or to be real about our sadness and fears. But in our parents’ minds, that would have meant we were letting defeat creep into our home and that was unacceptable.

Mom was really on her decline. She had officially refused any further treatment for her cancer. Her eyes and skin were yellow from severe jaundice. It took all her strength to use her walker to move from one room to the next. Thankfully, my sister and I could be honest with each other. We knew her days were numbered.

With tears in her eyes, Lori asked me if I knew how to make Mom’s famous apple pie. This is the pie that was our Mom’s outpouring of love at every family gathering. It wasn’t her style to share her love through words or physical affection. Instead, it was by her pies that she celebrated victories, mended broken hearts and welcomed new friends. And believe me, there’s not a pie on the face of this earth that can hold a candle to Margaret Sase’s apple pie.

I told Lori that I had made it a few times, but it never tasted quite like Mom’s. The crust was never as flaky and the apples came out too crunchy. It turned out she was in the same boat. So although we were afraid that our Mom and Dad would view our request as a sign of surrender, we asked our Mom if she would teach us to make her pie.

“Maybe you could sit at the table and monitor what we do. You could give us directions like, ‘Use more sugar’ or, ‘Roll the dough out thinner.’ We don’t want you to lift a finger. We will do all the work. Would this be possible?” With the sweetest hint of a smile, she agreed.

As I drove to our parents’ home that day, I was already getting choked up. I knew this was the day that our Mom would unofficially hand us her legacy. I opened the front door and expected to find her in bed. To my surprise, her weak voice called me to the kitchen. I turned the corner to see a sight that will always bring tears to my eyes.

She was sitting in a chair, her hair was brushed and you could tell she put time into looking beautiful. On the table in front of her were two perfectly-thought-out work stations. Both areas had mixing bowls and measuring spoons. Every needed ingredient was laid out with precise organization. The apples were already peeled and waiting to be sliced. This was obviously a monumental project which must have taken just about everything she had left to give.

I don’t remember much about the conversation that day. I do remember learning all of the detailed touches that made our Mom’s pie distinctly her own. Since then, my sister and I have made our Mom’s pies for our family gatherings. For our uncles and grandma, those pies are more cherished than any gift we could ever buy.

I have had the honor of teaching two of my closest friends how to make her signature recipe. With my Mom’s pies, I realize that I’m feeding more than someone’s sweet tooth. Instead, I’m feeding hearts with the legacy of my Mom’s love.

APPLICATIONS

Heart:

You and I have a unique opportunity. We have the ability to create the legacy that we leave behind. I once heard a speaker who had been diagnosed with a terminal disease and was expected to live less than a year. She was a young, beautifully vibrant lady who had a five-year-old daughter.

After researching the cognitive development of children, she came face-to-face with the fear that her daughter wouldn’t be able to recall much about her Mommy after she died. Her mission from that moment on was to live and love on such a grand level that her little girl would remember distinct details of her Mommy. At the time Sierra was also five years old and this testimony of truly living life to its fullest shook me to my core.

Make a list of people who you impact on a regular basis.

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Next to their names, write a description of how you want their lives to be affected by your touch.

Once you complete this exercise, go back to your personal mission statement.

If you live out your mission each day, will that be enough to leave your one-of-a-kind fingerprint on the lives that surround you?

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If not, how can you alter your mission so clearly it reflects your legacy?

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I’m no fortune teller (although some think I have played one on TV), but I will guess that when you dug in deep and wrote what you want your legacy to be, you didn’t focus on money, possessions or status. I will guess you wrote more about relationships and how you were going to love based on actions, not feelings.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us…

Ephesians 5:12

Paul knew that walking in love makes our character Christ-like. It’s a perfect response to the immeasurable gift of love we’ve been given from God Himself. And in doing so, we are creating the most impactful legacy imaginable.

Mind:

When Ryan and I first started dating, we went to a church where the pastor looked like a round Colonel Sanders. To start one of his sermons, he silently paced back and forth in front of the podium. We were all so quiet, you could have heard a pin drop. When he finally spoke, he looked so intently at each of us as he posed this sobering question, “How many of you think you will make it out of this world alive?”

There was a long pause as he continued to pace, “Really. Do any of you believe that you will make it out of this earthly world alive?” You could feel the unspoken tension in the room. He pointed his finger at us and said with conviction, “The moment you understand that you have an end-date here, that will be the moment you can truly live this life with authenticity and with godly purpose.”

On the surface, it seemed like basic knowledge. Yep, I have an end-date. I was over it. Move on. Until… I got real with myself and realized that in my mind, I live as if time will go on forever just as it is now.

When I look at my life today, much of the time I assume Sierra will always be a little wiggly, silly and chatty girl. I take for granted the health and strength Ryan and I enjoy each day. So, I am challenged to get that concept back in my mind.

I have an end date here on earth and I have no idea when it is. I do know the legacy I want to leave behind, but it’s easy to find myself thinking, “I just need to get my to-do list done, then I’ll spend time impacting others’ lives.”

Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.

Psalm 39:45

How are you going to, in the midst of your hectic life, remember that you are building your legacy?

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Your to-do list is life. I use index cards for my big life lessons and I place them on the dashboard of my car. One of my friends keeps his mission statement on a small card that he has in the front of his wallet.

What is your tactic to remind yourself that you are building your legacy every moment of every day?

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How can you implement that idea, starting today, so your living legacy will be at the forefront of your mind?

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Journal your ideas and put them into action.

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Body:

What will your physical legacy be?

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Will you be someone who takes such good care of your body that you’ll be the feisty senior who plays hide-and-go-seek with the kids?

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Granted, I’m all for an age cut-off for hiding under the bed. No one wants to hear, “I’ve hidden and I can’t get up!” Anyhow, back to my point.

Can you be the role model who embraces your unique body – flaws and all?

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Can you be someone who teaches future generations that our “flaws” are actually beautiful and they make us wonderfully unique?

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Think about the impact you can have on others by the way you live your life. What if you’re already older now and you are in poor condition?

What message would you give those around you if you decided to transform your health and fitness now?

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If you have disabilities, how can you use your body to show God’s abilities?

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Imagine how your legacy could bless those who are facing similar struggles.

All you need is a shift of perspective.

Journal your legacy and enjoy living your story!

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Closing Prayer:

Oh Lord, as I think reflect on what I have just read, I am convicted. I have been living this life as if it will go on forever… filling up my days with meaningless tasks while I neglect the meaningful moments… those moments You have commissioned me to. Let this study serve as my wake up call. Let my mind understand, truly understand, that my time on this beautiful earth is limited. It will end, and when it does, I want to know that I fulfilled my purpose. In Jesus’ name, help me today to prioritize my day, relishing the time and choosing to live a life of that leaves a Godly impact on those around me. Amen.

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