Your Influence Shapes Your Legacy

My friend Darryl.
My friend Darryl.

Last night the wife of an old friend came by to visit. Martha and I go back a long ways. Her husband, Darryl and her were influential in my life for many a year in ministry, before he had a stoke, subsequently passing a way some time later. It was so good to see her and her travel companion, Joan.

As we sat and talked about so many things, I could feel the “presence” of Darryl close by. After dinner she went out to the car and brought in a copy of a book, that Darryl had penned over the years. Not too long ago as Martha read through his notes and thoughts, she uncovered this writing. Recently a family effort brought this book from the hiddenness of his computer to an actual book, called Heart Treasures.

Let’s keep in mind that the real Jesus works with the real us, not our want to be us. We need to be real with God if we really want His life to bring real change in us. Darryl Rodman

Martha gave me a copy of the book. As I looked at it, I could “hear” Darryl’s voice. My grandson Jacob, picked it up and began to read it.

Legacy was strongly important to my friend Darryl. I am sure it was easily one of his top 5 topics to discuss. I know my thinking on legacy was changed by his influence.

I will tell you I have missed my friend Darryl. This book brings my thoughts of him a little closer.

I read this morning an article that began with “why I hate…” and I thought we still don’t get it. (It was about a person.)We still think we “have” to be against something to “stand” for something. (How many times is “hate” used in the bible from God’s perspective? And only once with regard to a person.) We ought to be working on closer, rather than divisive.

I loved my friend Darryl. He challenged me, caused me to change, to become more like Jesus. Most of all he loved me.

Periodically it is good for us to examine our course of actions to see if we are still on the course that we started out on when we said “Yes” to the call of God in our lives. Darryl Rodman

Today each one of us has the opportunity to influence others. Will it be “good” or will it be “bad”? My friend Darryl is not “here on earth” but his “voice” influences myself and others. Legacy connotes influence. The idea of legacy can not survive without influence.

As I shared a word with my friend Martha, it was like we were all together again.

There is a life of God that as we tap into it, blows beyond time, in ways we have not understood. The wow’s of God are coming faster and faster here on earth. Miracle births, the dead raised, cancers destroyed and lives restored.

For the furthering of the Kingdom.

Written by Lee Johndrow

Lee Johndrow

Lee is on staff as the Prophetic Ministry Leader at the Village Church where he functions as one of the prophetic grace. (You can visit their site at

He is the father of five wonderful children. Married for over 22 years to his wife Tina. 7 grandchildren as of September 22, 2014, with another one on the way! Loving life with family, friends, faith, fun and food!

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