I am a little late on this month’s blog but like my father used to say; “better late than never”. My father was the king of one liners and funny little sayings. He could always sing a song or a “little ditty” about something someone said. There were times when it was funny and other times when it was frustrating but be assured he even had quips for when he frustrated me or made me mad. “Son” he would say “dogs get mad, humans get angry. Are you a dog?” Thanks dad that always helped. I have fond memories of my father. If he was still on this earth he would be 96 on the 15th of this month. However because of the trust my father had in Christ he is ageless today. I am sure still bringing smiles to those he is meeting anew even today.
Hayne Edward Sandifer, aka Doc, loved God and loved people. I continue to meet people who recognize my last name and ask if I am kin to him. I proudly announce I am his son. Almost every person I meet tells me stories I have never heard before about how my father showed unconditional love to them like how he loved and encouraged a young woman who was pregnant as a teen. A friend of mine shared with me that every time he saw my father, dad would ask him how he is doing and never made him feel judged about not being in church. However dad never left him without showing him in some way he loved and cared for him. I could go on and on about my father but hopefully you see the picture.
My father continued to teach the word of God to old and young alike until about two months before he went home to be with our heavenly Father. His legacy was that he loved people and always pointed them to Calvary. By some chance if you do not know what direction Calvary is there is a little cross on the wall at Centreville Baptist church that reminds people every week about Calvary. As far as I know Brother Sandifer (my dad) never missed an opportunity to show a loving Jesus to people he met. He studied the life of Christ, lived Christlike, and revealed Christ life to others.
The legacy my father left is one that continues today through the lives of his children and those he loved along the way. Some received his love, some rejected his love, and some even took advantage of his love… but he never quit loving. When you are a disciple of Christ your legacy will outlive your earthy life. My father was not perfect (so I have been told) but he was a perfect father to me. Twenty-three years after his earthly death I still hear people talk about his love for God and love for people.
So the question is: What will our legacy be? Will our children and grandchildren hear stories of our faithfulness to God and our love for others from strangers? Will anyone other than our immediate family even remember us 20 years after we are gone?
The only legacy worth leaving is one that impacts the world for Christ long after we are gone.
Live a legacy worth leaving!!