Legacy

WHY IS MY LEGACY IMPORTANT????

Have you ever thought about the legacy that you are leaving to your family and friends?  Did you know that you are leaving a legacy to your family and friends whether you ever thought about it or not?  ​

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A legacy is what we leave behind to those who are left and it’s really not about money, property or tangible things.  It’s about who you are and who you were.  

We are all three generations away from being a picture in the box that people wonder who we are but no one knows for sure.  We all have some of them don’t we?  Pictures of relatives that we aren’t sure who they were or how they fit in the family.  

A face that has no name and we wonder who they were.  Sometimes we even wonder what their life was about.  I believe that it is important to leave something behind that will outlive us; that will benefit those who come behind us.  Something that will last.  That’s where I got the concept of a lasting legacy.  

Money will eventually be spent and property will be sold, items will be handed down, sold, lost, or given away but at some point, no one will know where they came from.  

What I am talking about can’t be sold or lost but it can and should be given away to others in order for it to last.  The lasting legacy of who we were and how we fit into their life.  

We probably all won’t end up being celebrities.  In fact, very few of us will ever become popular outside of our own families and some of us may not even be popular in our own families, but we are leaving a legacy.  

God created each of us with the potential to leave a lasting legacy.  Whether we build it really depends on us; only us.  

Nobody else will be able to leave our legacy.  Only we can do that.  What we are remembered for, what we believed, what was important to us, who we really were and what difference we made in their lives and the lives of others will be all that matters then.  That’s how we will live on in our family and friends’ lives, through our legacy to them.

We have been talking for quite a while about our Legacy.  Several questions that come to the surface right away are:

  • What legacy has been given to us
  • What legacies were in the Scriptures
  • What are legacies of others
  • What legacy we want to leave to our families and friends

We each need to take some time and search our memory bank to see what legacy has been given forward to us.  It may be a holiday memory/tradition or it may be a special vacation time/place.  It may be a parent/grandparent who told us about Jesus and left a Christian example before us.  It may be a work ethic, a hobby or craft such as knitting/crocheting or any other skill that has been passed to you.  We have been given a legacy whether it is good or not so pleasant to remember, none the less, a legacy.  There are some of us who have been given a legacy of alcoholism or drug abuse while others of us have memories of sexual abuse.  They are still considered legacies because they were brought forward to us.  Hopefully, more of our legacy memories are more pleasant then the unpleasant ones. 

Take the rest of today’s time and think about the legacy that was given to you.  Who gave it to you and how it makes to feel now to think about it.  Trust me, remembering is a healing thing to do.  Even if the memories cause pain, it is still good to remember them and deal with them rather than just leave them undone. It would be a good thing to write them down as they come to you because if you are anything like me, you will quickly forget, especially if you sleep in between!

Praying for you my friend, Margie

About the Author Margie Winnie

Margie Winnie helps people find their happy place in their walk with God. She been in women’s ministry for over thirty years serving as a Sunday school teacher, women’s ministry leader, and has a long history of public speaking and singing. The author of "A Place Of Sweetness", she is currently writing "Mama’s Legacy". Margie is married, the mother of three children and two step-children, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, as well as being "Mama" to many motherless ladies. She is the founder of WIGS (Women In God’s Service), a service ministry for Christian women.

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