Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others



City On A Hill


Matthew 5:14

My husband and I have practiced light management with all of our kids. If we turn off the lights; they’re asleep. It is so nice. We can change up bedtimes to our convenience. We can get them to go to bed earlier when they’re in need of some sleep. Light management is great and I highly recommend it…unless you’re planning on taking your toddler to church camp.

Then it is maddening.

My two year old couldn’t fall asleep because of the bright light in the common area of the dorm. We, and by we I mean my son, myself and every other light sleeper in the cabin were awake until 2:30 am.

That little bit of light had a huge effect on us.

But in the midst of my desperation for some sleep The Spirit encouraged me: your light is shining in a dark world; your single light is making a difference.

How amazing! Then I began to consider all of the people that I was at camp with, my church family, my family and friends that live for Jesus, Christians around the world: we are making a difference!!

At times we may get discouraged because of the condition this world is in but rejoice. You are serving the purpose you were created for. You are offering hope to a dying world. Be assured that your light is shining into the darkness and it is impacting others.

Keep shining for Jesus. Because even a single light can greatly effect those who see it.


Matthew 5:16

Who benefits from you living your life for Jesus?

You, of course. You are able to receive comfort, guidance and most importantly redemption from Christ.

But also others. Others see the life you’re living, your light shining bright, and that draws them to Jesus.

So prayerfully make decisions and remember that the consequences affect more than just you.

Let The Son Shine In

I Chronicles 16:11

Mark 13:24-26

Have you ever been through something so terrible that you felt like The Lord couldn’t care any less…like He wasn’t there for you…

But once you started seeking Him He was there to be found…ready to show you His power and glory.

So you came to realize that it wasn’t that He left you at all. It was just that you weren’t looking for Him.

Jesus speaks about a people going through a tribulation. After they face this tribulation the sun is darkened, the moon doesn’t show it’s light. The stars fall from the sky…

But then as the people look to heaven they can see Jesus coming in the clouds with power and glory.

This prophecy doesn’t only teach about the second coming of Christ. This truth can be applied to our everyday life.

We all face tribulation. We are often times upset or shaken. And then we allow the light of Christ to dim in our world. Because we turn our backs on Him. But later we remember what The Light was like. How It guided us. Led us. Made sense of things. So we look for It again. And just as we do we can see that Jesus is already on His way and He is ready to pick up where He left off; shining in His power and glory.

When times get tough don’t allow your pathway to be darkened. Walk willingly to The Light for comfort and strength.

Final Destination

Hebrews 12:1

Matthew 2:1-11

After years of studying the sky the wise men noticed that the star in the East had appeared. They must have been overwhelmed with joy. I’m sure they were ready to hit the road running…allowing themselves no detours along the way. And then imagine the joy and excitement that the wise men felt as they finally reached their destination. After roughly two years they came face to face with Jesus. Months of traveling had come to an end. Weeks upon weeks of anticipation became reality. These three men had traveled the road led by the star in the East and now they were being rewarded with the biggest blessing of all…worshipping at Jesus’ feet.

How long have you been walking the straight and narrow pathway that is leading to an eternity spent at the feet of Jesus? Did you start out your journey excited and eager only to find that now you are becoming a little road weary? I encourage you to remember why you chose the road you are on….remember the joy you experienced when you first met Jesus as your savior. Because whether you’ve been traveling for hours or even decades the end goal is the same. Keep following The Light. Worshipping at Jesus’ feet will be worth the journey.



Proverbs 29:18

Matthew 6:22-23

We are going to leave a legacy behind when we die. What kind of legacy would you like yours to be?

One of a great faith, a life lived in dedication to Jesus? Or would you rather be remembered as successful in your career, having plenty of money and fame?

If we are looking to The Lord, looking to glorify Him, looking for His return then our lives are a beacon of light.

However, if we are only looking to get ahead in this world, to see ourselves lifted up we are full of darkness.

Our vision is the indicator of our walk with Christ.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus.

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