I have a wonderful privilege of gathering with some amazing women every other week to spend time talking about the things that we care deeply about. We discuss the season of life we are presently in and look for quality ways to navigate the many challenges and opportunities we encounter everyday. We talk about learning to say our “best yes”, to make sure we find ways to re-fuel in order to be the best version of ourselves, and we look at focusing on those things we consider the highest priorities at this time, using them as a good filter when choosing how to best use our time. These conversations are always rich and encouraging.
Last night we spent our time talking about Legacy. We were all able to point to a person in our life who impacted us in a powerful way. Each one of us teared up simply talking about it! We could clearly see that without the gift of that person having touched our lives we would not be the women we are today. Then we turned our attention to the fact that each one of us could be “that” person in someone’s life. Down the road when a group of women gather, perhaps our name with be the one mentioned when expressing appreciation for key impact on their lives. This is what leaving a Legacy looks like. Lasting impact.
In a small study written by Dr. James Dobson, he expresses Legacy this way:
“Legacy is what future generations recall about you. You are a patriarch or a matriarch and your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will take what you have done with your life and build on their own lives. It is the continuation of your ministry and influence (both positive and negative) beyond your lifetime, reflecting what you value and what you believe is important.”
Wow, does that mean that the choices, behaviours, values, and traditions we do ( or don’t) intentionally choose will be passed on to our future family? You bet! Think about your family of origin; is there a legacy you feel compelled to carry forward? Perhaps that legacy was unhealthy and you now have the chance to make choices that will turn it around in your generation. Choosing to leave a good and lasting Legacy requires intentionality, long-term vision, strong values, and time spent building rich relationships. We all have a choice as to the Legacy we leave behind.
Look at your life today and answer this question: “Who influenced you to be who you are today and how does their Legacy encourage you to leave behind a Legacy that continues to bear good fruit in the lives of those you dearly love? Take time to write out the type of Legacy you would like to leave behind and then make choices consistent with your hearts desire. 🙂
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ~ Shannon L. Alder