When life is over and everything is gone what will have mattered most in creating your legacy?
I've probably asked similar questions dozens of times in my life - thinking I really had a handle on what mattered most. Three days ago we lost most of our earthly treasures in a fire that burned our wonderful log home. Lost is my Grandma's hope chest that my Grandpa made her for a wedding present. Lost are the shoes my father and his family before him wore for years dating from the 1700's. Lost are so many things that are irreplaceable. I wish I could say that I am doing great because I had cut all my ties to earthly things a long time ago. But my heart reflects a deep sadness beyond my ability to communicate.
There are things I wish I could have passed down to my children from their grandfather, my dad, who is one of my hero's but I will not be able to do so. As I told my mother about these losses she quoted an old familiar hymn, "The things of earth will go strangely dim, in the light of his presence and grace." It has become my 93 year old mother's mantra. She's ready - she wants to go to heaven... there is really nothing to hold her back any more. She has let go of all her earthly ties. I've learned I am not there yet. But I am well on my way.
My awesome wife, Linny, saved all 6 kids. I have my wife & all of my children. I am a blessed man. I will invest my life making sure they are my true legacy. I can not take the things with me to heaven, I can lead them all to Jesus and we will spend eternity together.
I will also invest in others - to help them become all that God has created to them to be.
Love God, love others, give my life away! That's how I wish to live that is how I wish to be remembered. I'm not there yet - but I am so keenly aware - when it's all gone, "The things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of his presence and grace."
We only have One Life - One Legacy that we can leave behind. We will live one life and by our actions provide the written material for our legacy. However, it will truly be written and interpreted by others after we have left this world.
So I ask myself, and I ask you, what is the legacy which you desire to leave behind?What did you write today in the chapter entitled "today"? Did you advance toward your desired legacy, or did you retreat? What you will become is who you were today.
As I write this blog I will be simultaneously challenging myself, and I trust challenging my readers to leave a legacy that matters. One that challenges and changes those you encounter daily and on your journey in life. You have One Life - One Legacy - make it count!