Leaving a Legacy of “Selfless Character”

Let me start off by saying that this post is about someone who deserves the recognition for doing her part as a Christ follower to “love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself”.

The person of this “selfless character” is one to have stood her ground even in the midst of being faced with only 3-6 months to live. “If God is for us, who can be against us”

Her voice praised and worshiped our Father. Her hands served others when she was the one who needed to be served. Her acts of kindness even in her situation were a representation of Christ’s love.

I understand that nobody is perfect aside from God. But like I said she held up her part and she did it with a humble and selfless heart.

The backstory…

My friend was diagnosed with cancer a while back.

As time went on after repeated treatment she was given only 3-6 months to live. In that time there was nothing that was going to stop her from living her life.

Over a year and a half later she was still here. By God’s grace, she surpassed that timeline and kept fighting.

There was a message in the making.

How did she impact my life?

I am a selfish person. I can say this as I was able to see what a “selfless” person looks like.

  • My friend taught me what it looks like to love God. To truly worship and love him is when you do it even in the midst of your struggles not only when you need something or things are easy.
  • She taught me what it meant to serve others. Even in the midst of her pain, she served those who were in need of a helping hand both with food and with a listening ear.

How can I help you?

There was one day a few weeks ago I offered to pray for her and she allowed me to but after asked if she could pray for me. It was a moment I now only have as a memory but one that spoke a thousand words.

She had a heart for birthdays. With having so many friends she still made room to make herself present in celebrating with you. And even if it wasn’t your birthday she would bless you with gifts. Like the time I helped take care of her cat while she was out of town. When she returned she brought me a book and some tea.

She was always willing to make time for you. The same day we got to pray together she again, let me know to let her know when I was available to get lunch or coffee. This just showed me how much we should make ourselves available to others.

She was always there to encourage me in my life. She encouraged me in my marriage even if it was just her asking “how things are going?”. She told me she was reading my blog posts which showed a great deal of support and encouraged me to keep pursuing what I’m doing as it could impact someone else.

Helping the homeless

My friend was walking her dog in the park and noticed people in need of food. She started by giving them the little bit she had and it grew to where she wanted to help more. She would then start feeding entire meals on Friday afternoons to those in need.

Her friends saw what was happening and many desired to be a part of the work that was being done, including me. Helping the homeless has always been close to my heart so her story of her helping them made a big impact. Her friends will make sure it continues.

A beautiful legacy that lives on…

Even in the passing of my beautiful sister in Christ, she left an imprint on the lives who knew her and I am definitely sure that the life she lived will continue to impact even those who didn’t know her.

She fought the good fight and may we show our support to her and to those still fighting through Love Conquers Cancer.

Do you desire to live a “selfless” life that’s more than just materialistic possessions? I want to make an impact, do you?

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you so much first of all for supporting me and my blog. I will always appreciate it. I am so grateful for this post and know that we serve a God who is so mighty. Our time here is so short but He has purposed us for so much more than we can imagine. I am grateful for my struggles that have strengthened my faith and as someone who has survived cancer I yearn so much to be “selfless”…..may your friend be totally rejoicing in our Kings arms!
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    1. Thank you, Desiree, for your kind words. I am grateful to be a part of your journey and to see that you have survived cancer. May your story continue to give others hope by pointing back to our powerful God and his love. Cheryl definitely is rejoicing with her King!

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