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A Legacy! Have you ever thought about your legacy?
As I sat in the USA House today, the International Fair Play Award was presented to Tracy Barnes. She had earned a spot on the U.S. biathlon team for the Sochi Games. The 2006 Olympian declined her spot on the 2014 team so her twin sister, Lanny, could make the Olympic roster. During a U.S. biathlon qualifying event in January, Lanny was sick and unable to compete in one of the selection races. She finished sixth overall and failed to make the five-woman team. Tracy – who made the team – surrendered her spot, because she believed her sister deserved the spot and would have made the team if she hadn’t fallen ill. I must admit I wasn't paying that much attention to what being said until Tracy began to acknowledge people in their lives. First, she acknowledged their grandparents who had served in the military. We need to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Second, their parents, who gave all they had in them as public school teachers. We need to honor those who teach our children. And finally, she acknowledged their sister who is a doctor.
I knew I wanted to meet them. Not because, Lanny was an Olympian Not because, Tracy had not accepted her spot on the Biathlon team so Lanny could compete. But because, they had just given honor to me, as a former army officer and retired school teacher.
Not long ago my daughter shared with me a conversation between she and one of her daughters. My granddaughter, Haley, says to my daughter, "Mom, you are old." My daughter replies, "If I am old what does that make grandmother, ancient?" To which Haley replies, "No, She is a legend!"
Wow, I am humbled to know that my granddaughter thinks I am a legend. But, what is that legend? I pray it is my faith in God, my love for people and my desire for everyone to know my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Our mission in Sochi has been to share with everyone we met our love for God. To tell them, He loves them so much that He gave His only Son to pay the penalty for our sins. Our smiles, our actions, our words... every part of our being is to proclaim God loves us.
Tricia Ratliff and Tracy Hanson grant another request, "Photo, please?" Bringing about another opportunity to share the story of God's Love.
Pray for our nation to return to its roots founded on Christian beliefs.
Karen Adams shares on the bus to the railway hub.
Peggy Stanley with Lanny Barnes (Biathlon) and Tracy Barnes