Yesterday marked the second Mother's Day without mom, Kathy Eaby. She died of Alzheimers's Disease in October of 2014. It was a tragic end to a beautiful life. She will always be missed.
My mom worked as a secretary much of her professional life. My brother, sister and I grew up middle class. She never graduated college, but she did know short - hand (that seems impressive to me). Mom's last car was a PT Cruiser (my dad still drives it). She had three children and five grandchildren. Her life would seem rather average to most, but for one thing...her spiritual legacy.
My mom became a Pentecostal in January 1973. My siblings and I were all very young. She was a 25 year old woman living in a 1200 square foot house in Waldorf, MD. My dad converted the same month. That was a beginning of a fantastic legacy.
The Bible has chapters filled with this guy "begat" the other guy and so forth. This reveals the importance of legacy to God. I believe he cares about how we can effect the generations to come. It was David that prayed...
2 Samuel 7:29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
My mom's spiritual legacy includes church - plants, and many preachers. Hundreds, if not thousands of lives have been changed because her faithfulness and willingness to be a soulwinner. She was never a licensed minister, but her life constantly ministered to those in need.
Her influence has instilled faithfulness into her children and grandchildren. This would be her greatest legacy because her family (including my dad) has four ordained ministers, two pastor wives and everyone in church on Sunday morning worshiping Him in Spirit and in truth. It was not always easy, but mom told us that we had to be in church unless we were "dead or bleeding". She lived by that to her dying day.
It has been said that we stand on the shoulders of those that have gone before us. My parents have been an example to me on how to live for God and make it to heaven. As the old song says, "This life is not our home, we are just a passing through." One day, I will see my mom again, but this time it will be for eternity. It will be all because mom said "yes" to an invitation to a double - wide trailer church that preached sound doctrine.
Thanks mom for teaching me about the love of Jesus Christ.