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Influence Priorities Legacy

Source: New York Times

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-05-26

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10

Author: Dennis Hevesi


The New York Times carried an obituary of Victor Dorman.  It read, "Victor Dorman, who helped change the way Americans buy cheese by putting the paper between the slices, as chairman of the Dorman Cheese Company, died on March 4th, at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 80."

Dorman actually graduated from a prestigious college and fought in WWII.  He lived an impressive and successful life.  But in the end, it was one quirky little thing that left a lasting impact.


Pay attention to all of the details of your life.  The things that you do, big and small, can leave a lasting impact. 

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10).

The Sins of the Father

Legacy Sin Nature Guilt

Source: “Relatives of infamous Nazis reveal how their family ties have blighted them,” By Allan Hall In Berlin for MailOnline, May 9, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-14

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18

Author: Illustration Exchange


The niece of Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering has had herself sterilized rather than risk giving birth to 'a monster.' This, and other revelations are a part of a documentary about the forgotten children of the Third Reich, called 'My Family, the Nazis and Me.'  

Allan Hall, with MailOnline, reports:

Israeli Chanoch Zeevi, director, said he found 'fascinating similarities' between the emotions of those related to Holocaust perpetrators and those of survivors, some of whom meet the children of their tormentors in the programme.

'I have made a powerful dialogue between the children of the perpetrators and the children of the survivors,' he said. 'Both live out the Holocaust daily, unable to move forward with their lives.'

... Niklas Frank remembers seeing concentration camp prisoners tormented as his father chuckled. 'Thin men were mounted on to a wild donkey and the donkey bucked and the men fell off, and they could only pick themselves up again very slowly, and they didn't find it as funny as I did,' he said.

'And again and again they got back on and the donkey was given a slap and again they fell off and they tried to help each other; it was a fantastic afternoon. Then we had cocoa. These are the … images I carry around of my father … I have never managed in my life to get rid of the memory of him,' he said. 'I live with this deep shame about what he did.'

... Monika Hertwig cannot accept anything about her own father. As commandant of the Auschwitz sub-camp of Plaszow, he was hanged in 1946 for the murder of tens of thousands of people, 500 of them by his own hands.

'He liked to shoot women with babies in their arms from the balcony of his house, to see if one bullet could kill two,' she said. 'How much of the murderer is in me? These are the things that torment me.'




The Hebrew prophet Isaiah declared God’s heart when he wrote, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18, ESV).

Notice, God speaks of your sins, not your parents' sins.  We are not responsible for what our forbearers have done, only for what we have personally perpetuated.  And even in that case, the shame and guilt can be made “white as snow” by the blood of Christ.

What a tragedy that anyone would continue to live in the shadow of the sins of others, when they don’t even have to live under the burden or shadow of their own.

Ironically, it’s a Jew, a member of the race so hated by their parents, who offers to remove the shame placed on them by those same parents. 

“Your Story Is Our Story”

Compassion Legacy Trials

Source: “Ireland recognizes gift from Choctaw Nation during potato famine” by Adam Kemp, THE OKLAHOMAN, March 23, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-08

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:8 ; 1 John 3:16

Author: Illustration Exchange


Adam Kemp, with THE OKLAHOMAN, reports:

The nine eagle feathers tower 20 feet into the Irish sky ... Built to honor a donation by the Choctaw Nation to the people of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine, Pentek has spent more than a year sculpting a work he’s named “Kindred Spirits.”

Scheduled to be unveiled in May in Bailic Park in Middleton, a small town of 12,000 not far from Ireland’s southern coast in County Cork, a plaque in the middle of the structure will detail how in 1847, the impoverished Choctaw Nation was able to scrape together $170 to send to Ireland to help feed starving people. The sum would be close to $5,000 in today’s money.  But it’s not the size of the long-ago gift that resonates with Irish nationals today, but the sacrifice required to make it. 

... Joe McCarthy, who today serves as East Cork’s municipal district officer, said ... "just when they thought nobody cared, a group from across the world reached out to lend a helping hand.  These people were still recovering from their own injustice, and they put their hands in their pockets and they helped strangers. It’s rare to see such generosity. It had to be acknowledged.”

Struggling through harsh conditions, 17,000 Choctaws would attempt the perilous journey, which came to be known as the Trail of Tears. They would be met with disease, starvation and exposure during one of the coldest winters on record. More than 6,000 Choctaws died. “It was a death march,” Pentek said ...

When word reached them about the plight of the Irish, the familiarity of the stories opened wounds that had just started to heal, said Chief Gary Batton, the tribe’s current-day leader. Despite their situation, impoverished and homeless, the Choctaw people pooled their money to send to Ireland.

Batton said it was the tribe’s way of saying, “Your story is our story.”

Now, 168 years later, the selflessness of the Choctaw Nation still is taught in Irish schools with an emphasis on the fact that they gave even when the couldn’t afford to do so.


This history lesson teaches us that compassion always has a history, that it isn't generated out of thin air or in a vacuum. Our compassion runs as deep as our wounds. That was certainly the case with the Choctaw Indians, whose personal afflictions enabled them to feel a "kindred spirit" with those suffering on the other side of the world.

But there was more than history involved. We all have to decide how we will manage the pain we experience in life. Will we allow it to defeat us, to embitter us? Or, will we allow our pain to guide us when love and compassion are needed? 

There aren’t many occasions when the poor and disadvantaged are remembered by history.  When it happens, you know something exceptional has taken place.  In this case, the Choctaw allowed their own personal history to be used to make history. 

"We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too" (1 Thessalonians 2:8). 

"We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters" (1 John 3:16). 

Forgotten Seed

Parenting Legacy Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-30

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:9

Author: Joanna Gaines

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To The Moon And Back

Eternal Life Legacy Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-07

Scripture: Matthew 6:20 ; Genesis 3:19

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa Your Boat!

Influence Gossip Legacy

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-08-12

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 ; 1 Timothy 4:12

Author: Neal Pollard

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Pseudonymous Instagram Account Spreads Good Will

Encouragement Words (Power of) Legacy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: Proverbs 15:23 ; Proverbs 25:11

Author: Illustration Exchange

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A Precious Last Will and Testament

Inheritance Legacy Parenting

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-05-11

Scripture: Psalms 145:4

Author: Chris Horton

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NBA's Kevin Durant Says Mom Is the Real MVP

Motherhood Sacrifice Legacy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-07

Scripture: Proverbs 31:27

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Holocaust Survivor Adopts Grandson of Infamous Nazi

Adoption Reconciliation Legacy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Scripture: Romans 9:25 ; Ephesians 1:5

Author: I E Staff / Brittany Kulick

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