What Is Your Legacy

16 Nov

“Do you remember how Joe would make us laugh with his silly comments?” I said to my sons at the dinner table the other day. They affirmed. And we all laughed remembering his wit, his unique insights and his gusto for life.

As I relish on my son Joe’s sweet memories, I reflected on the memories I, myself would leave behind. How about you? Do you ever wonder what will people remember you by? What will your children’s children talk about when your name comes up? Will they know what you wanted them to know?

In good times and bad, we’re subtly creating a legacy, weaving memories and painting strokes on the portrait our family will hold in their hearts. The portrait will display the life we lived, the values we held, the dreams we made come true, and the answers to these questions:

  • did we choose to see life beyond circumstances, or did circumstances see us to despair?
  • did we face challenges with determination, or did we allow them to determine our destiny?
  • did we look for tomorrow with passion, or did momentary trials rob the passion for today?
  • did we reach out to others to encourage them, or did our own discouragement reach out to hold us back?
  • did we live life rich with God’s reassurance, or did we look to insure our own way?
  • did fear steal our joy, or did God’s joy erase all fear?
  • did we do things for our own interest, or did we first take interest in God’s ways?
  • did we follow our plans, or did we first plan to follow God’s path.
  • did we fret over petty things, or find the power of God’s precepts?

No matter what the answer, “…from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children’s children-with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts” (Psalm 103:17-18).

Father, I pray your everlasting love nourishes my desires, goals and dreams. I ask for wisdom to leave a legacy that honors you, resonates with my children’s children, and reflects my obedience to your precepts. In Jesus’ name, amen.

• What memories will you leave behind?

• What do you want to be remembered by?

• What would you change if you knew tomorrow was your last day on earth?

Janet

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9 Responses to “What Is Your Legacy”

  1. Luann Robinson Hull (@LuannRHull) November 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Such fabulously wise words. Every action and word can affect our loved ones… we must choose wisely!

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  2. Lisa Jey Davis (@LisaJey) November 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    wonderful post…. who on the planet does not want to leave a legacy to be remembered? As Elyse above said, that’s probably why writer’s write books which is true for my legacy to the world. But the truth is, to our children it’s about the jokes we told, or the cooky dance we did… the fondness we created in their mind of times with us. Great post!

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  3. Bob Nailor November 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Almost everyone wants to leave behind a legacy of some sort. Me? I know I leave behind 4 sons who were taught the right values and they instilled them into their children. I have a loving wife. Yeah, the typical so it would seem but I also want to be remembered as the crotchety old fart that everyone loved. The old guy with the devil-may-care attitude who loved to share with everyone. I also want to be remembered as an author. But the bottom line is simple – I want to be remembered.

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  4. elysesalpeter November 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I think that’s why writers write books. We want to leave something tangible behind. But the real beauty is what I leave my children that isn’t tangible. Values, how to be kind – I hope I’m accomplishing that.

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  5. Tara Fairfield November 18, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Wonderful post! One of my favorite songs is “I wanna live like that!” It is my hope I do live like that, and that my children will be my most powerful legacy of love, my actions will glorify God, and my writing will bring others closer to Him! God Bless!

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  6. DiVoran Lites November 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    It is good to know that as Christians it’s likely we will leave a legacy for many generations to come.

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  7. Onisha Ellis November 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I think about this more frequently these days as I realize the legacy my parents left for me. I try to think further into the future than just my grandchildren but to their grandchildren.

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  8. Louise Gib son November 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Janet, there is a lot of “food for thought” in your writing. The leacy I leave behind for my family is “Love”…that is the one thing they have received plenty of. Love is kind, love is forgiving, and love covers a multitude of mistakes.

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