Legacy or Albatross

     Over forty years ago, I started a library with my college books. Knowing the direction of my future years I began to build upon that with more books. I included magazines that were conducive to my library collection. Then I began incorporating articles, recordings, video and more. Linda proceeded to help too. My office library took on an existence that led to tribute and admiration (at least for me).
     Then a season in life came whereby libraries became more about data in a computer program. My first computer library was slow and rather complicated. I found myself getting angry while using it. Then came the next generation of computer library. They told me that I could include it in my will for my children. It is impressive. The problem is getting computer systems that can handle its “H-U-G-E” (say it like the sports announcers) amount of material.
     Guess what? The other library is still in my office. Occasionally I pull out a volume for use, or loan one out to some dear searching soul. Now as I downsize for retirement, I realize how many volumes, magazines, cassette tapes, cds, vcr tapes, and dvds, files of material that I haven’t used. I’ve also noticed the memories tied to so much of it. If I dwell too much on the memories, I would never let go of any of it. Then my library would become an albatross for the generations to come.
     Susie and I got up rather early the other morning to welcome another little saint into the kingdom of God. Our grandson Evan was baptized. My son asked during our visit, “Do you have any advice?”
     I commented, “remain steadfast” and followed with a verse from Colossians 2:6-7, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
     I say all of this about my library because when it comes right down to it – the simple truths are still eternal truths. You will find all of them in one library volume, the Bible. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
     I would rather leave my children and grandchildren a legacy of faith in Jesus than an albatross called a library.


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