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The Legacies We Leave

Editor's note: This week we get to hear from Lori Borgman, who is an author and columnist and also the speaker for ZPC's Women's Gathering on Saturday, January 23. After reading Lori's post, you'll understand one of the reasons it's going to be a great time! In addition to Lori's teaching, we will share lunch, worship, and relational time. Please join us!

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When the women of ZPC asked if I would speak at a retreat on legacy, my first response was “hmmmm.”  Truthfully, I’d never thought too deeply about the topic before. But being that I’ve spoken to ZPC groups before and know you all to be warm, wonderful and thoughtful, I immediately agreed and plunged in feet first.

Legacy is a great topic. We all have inherited legacies and we will all leave a legacy no matter how long or brief our lives. And, get this—we enjoy legacies of others whom we’ve never even known every single day (you’ll have to come to retreat to find out what they are!).

We’ll cover the gamut at retreat. We’ll start with how legacy and history are related and then visit the Old Testament admonitions to “remember.” We’ll look at why God commanded His people to remember and a few ways the Israelites practiced “remembering.”

In our second session, we’ll look at the difference between legacy and inheritance. As a preview, let me just say that nobody is going to stand around at your funeral talking about how much money you left. They will, however, stand around talking about what kind of person you were, telling stories about your personality, your character traits, what mattered most to you and how you responded to a challenge.

Finally, we’ll examine a few legacies found in the New Testament where people were remembered in only eight or nine words. Ack! Your entire life boiled down to two phrases linked by one comma! Crazy, right?

There will be discussion groups after the sessions. Women always come up with amazing and creative ideas for applying truth. If you’ve heard me speak before, you know that each session will move fast (but I’ll work hard not to talk too fast). There will be biblical truth as well as stories. And more stories. And laughter.

Maybe you’re wondering if this event would be a good fit for a questioning or non-believing friend. The material is primarily addressed to the believer, but it would also be interesting, thought provoking and challenging to someone questioning or a non-believer. You never know who is listening, what burden they are carrying, or what stage of faith they are in, so I always cast wide net. So yes, by all means, yes! Bring a friend.

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Risk vs. Reward

       Risk versus Reward.  Coming from a Finance background, this was something I wrestled with every day in college.  There were different theories and ways in which to measure risk, reward and how to compare the two.  Unfortunately, no theory was perfect and they’re all flawed in some way, but most of them guided me to make a smart decision. 

       This Washington Post article talks about the risks and rewards of parenting a Middle Schooler.  These students are looking to take risks with the expectation that the reward is finding their identity.  I’m thankful my parents allowed me to take risks while I was in school so they could talk me through what worked and what didn’t.  Granting me that ability to take risks has given me the freedom to find my true identity in Christ.  Check out the article below.

Discussion Questions with MS students: What's a risk you've always wanted to take? Why haven't you taken it? What holds you back from taking risks? Do you ever think about the potential rewards/consequences? What's a risk you've taken lately that you shouldn't have?

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