We are trying to identify what our legacy will look like. What does it look like now and what we want it to look like?
I guess we each need to examine ourselves, our attitudes, our temperaments, our hobbies, our traditions, our history, our habits and most importantly, our faith to see what our legacy looks like now.
What do our heirs know about all of those things? Have we spent time with them telling them about our parents, grandparents, our childhood, our school life, and the important memories in our lives? Do they really know about details of our lives? Do they know our salvation experience? When and where we got saved? These things are critical with those that we love.
Those are important details that will die with us if we haven’t shared it with them. Don’t take for granted that they know things about us. Tell them and tell them again so they remember.
I don’t know about you but I am at the age where repeating myself isn’t a problem!
Take some time and make a list of things that you want them to know about you and then begin talking to them. Things they need to know and things that they never knew that might be important to them one day.
Way too much time is spent living life cramming in every event or activity that we can that most families don’t have time to just sit around talking. My family was talking about that this week; how many people don’t even sit together at the evening meal talking about their days happenings. Family time is getting lost in the busyness of living life.
Decide now what you want to be remembered for and then get busy putting your legacy in place. Your legacy will be yours alone and you have a choice what you want others to remember about you.
We have been answering questions about our legacies, what legacy was given to us, what legacies can we find in Scripture and legacies of others that we know about. Today we are going to make it personal. If it doesn’t mean something to each of us, then we aren’t going to be concerned about it.
Have you ever thought about the legacy that you are leaving to your family and friends? 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. 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. I believe that it is important to leave something behind that will outlive us; that will benefit those who come after us. Something that will last. That’s where I got the concept of a lasting legacy. I’m not talking about tangible things like money, property, jewelry, cars, and other things. That is fine, but not what our legacy means. Our legacy is what we will be remembered for. When someone thinks of us, what will they remember? 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. 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.
I would like you to think about your life and your legacy. What will you be remembered for? How will those who come after you remember you? That’s a very important question to answer and in the coming days, we will try to help each other identify and focus on our legacies so we can be remembered in a way that will be pleasing to the Lord. Until next time, Hugs, Margie
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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