Every story has an end, but in life every ending is just a beginning. – Author Unknown
What is legacy? One definition is anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. A legacy is all that is important to you. The other day, I thought about my lifelong classmate, Bruce Wayne McClain. Coach McClain left a legendary and life transforming legacy behind. As children on the block, we never thought about what our legacy would someday be.
Dear reader and friend, our someday has arrived. It’s time to give serious thought to what your legacy will be.
When old trees die, they complete a life cycle. Let’s pause and let that marinate for a minute. One day it will be too late to say, “I wish I had spent more time, I wish I had forgiven when I had the chance; I wish I could have done more.”
You don’t have to be rich or famous to leave a legacy, but it’s important to know that legacy matters. For me, a legacy that matters has little to do with careers, notoriety or money.
What matters to me, is that my joys and struggles lead to the ultimate glory of serving my God. Generational sins are at the top of my list. You know that stuff which is neither pleasant nor sweet found in the family tree, traits and genes. This is why faith in our Creator is better demonstrated than talked about. After you become an ancestor and believe me one day you will, your legacy will be forever established in the hearts and minds of others.
What do you want to leave with your children and grandchildren? Were you God-fearing or the Mother of all Trolls? It’s simple math. If you extended love to others, chances are you will leave a loving legacy. If you dished out negativity then your legacy will be one of negativity. Did you teach your children to be leaders or followers? Did you ever give to the less fortunate or were you busy building your own temporal kingdom? Did your self-sacrifices cause someone else to benefit? Did your smiles heal? Did you remember to pay it forward? Did your ever release your last “knowing” that it would never be your last?
When it was inconvenient for you, did you make it convenient for others? On your way to the top, did you take others with you? Will others know these things about you? Did you pass on pertinent family history and stories? Did you remember to date old photographs for the next generation? Or were you too busy just doing you?
Will you be remembered for giving or for your selfishness? Or will you one day stand in eternity and declare, “I got mine.” Remember, time is more valuable than money could ever be.
We are all “called” to various ministries. They include love, service and the betterment of humanity. How will you live your legacy? Whether saint or sinner; legacies matter.