Legacy
by Teresa Jackson on July 10th, 2020

Legacy. What is yours? Is it important to you? I cannot think about my own legacy without thinking about the legacies of those who have inspired me. When I consider my leadership journey, I see the men and women who gave of their time intentionally to impact and fashion my leadership for excellence. Some came close and walked alongside me for a season; others have spoken from a distance. Still others have been my friends and mentors from the beginning and are still walking with me today. All have provided wisdom and encouragement when I needed it most. I plan to share a little about some of these treasured friends with you in the months ahead.  
Today I remember the honorable John Monaco. John was a Mesquite City councilman from 2001 - 2007 and the Mayor of Mesquite from 2007 - 2015 . He was very kind to me, always encouraging me and showing appreciation for the work I was doing in the community. He showed up at Sharing Life events. He wasn't there for a photo op. He served clients alongside other volunteers. He was engaging and really listened to people when they spoke to him. He hosted food drives when we needed food the most. He truly cared about the people in Mesquite who were experiencing hunger and poverty. He honored me in 2011 by naming me the recipient of the inaugural "Pillar of the Community" award. I was very surprised and completely overwhelmed by this prestigious honor. I will ever be grateful for this tribute. He always departed our meetings with a positive and encouraging word. He was a kind man. John Monaco passed away on July 5, 2020. His legacy as a respected Mesquite councilman and mayor are much larger than the little things he did for me. His life impacted thousands and thousands of people. Yet, when I think of him -- fully knowing and respecting his work as an elected official -- what I remember most is how he treated me. How he took time for me. He was the kind of person that left you feeling better about yourself. I am grateful that I knew John and was privileged to call him my friend. If you knew him, I suspect you can share similar memories. Jesus shined through you, sir! I send my most sincere condolences to the Monaco family and all who loved John. He will be greatly missed.

"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor."  
Romans 12:10




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