Guest Author: Perryn Pettus
Legacy | When longtime editor of Cosmopolitan, Helen Gurley Brown, passed away at the age of 90 this week, the New York Times credited her with the 1960s transformation of the magazine into a source of sexual empowerment for women. Earlier in her life, amongst many controversies, she became a household name through the pursuit to make it known to America that unmarried women not only had sex, but thoroughly enjoyed it. When Ms. Brown stepped down from editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, she was even appointed an office with “pink silk walls, leopard-print carpet and a cushion embroidered with the maxim, ‘Good Girls Go to Heaven/Bad Girls Go Everywhere’” . It’s hard to mistake the legacy she desired.
Earthly | As we reflect on the life of Ms. Brown, we’re given the opportunity to reflect on that which is in our own heart as well. Are we cultivating a life to pursue those things which are earthly or heavenly? What are the true desires of our heart? Are they merely things like fame, beauty and the recognition as someone who pioneered the way for such racy topics, as she did?
Heavenly | Now we must ask, what do we want our legacy to be as we stand before the Lord at the end of our lives? As David reflected, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” . If our legacy is tied up in fleeting things, we will not be able to trust in the Lord to shape the desires and plans for our lives.
Prayer | Lord, We thank you for promising to grant our heart’s desires and fulfill all our plans . We humbly ask that you would help guide those desires and plans to be in perfect alignment with yours. Give us a legacy that makes your name abound, and quell our own earthly desires and tendencies to trust in the chariots of this world. Amen.
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