Like most people, I think about my legacy. What will future generations remember about me? Is a legacy important? People keep talking about it so I guess it is.
Webster defines it as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.” The word “ancestor” indicates our family and the word “predecessor” is everyone else who knew us. That leads me to conclude we have several legacies. One for our work life. But chances are the companies we work for during our lifetime will get along fine after we leave. And once we’re gone a lot of what they say about us will probably be to cast blame anyway. Another is for those we consider friends. Most of our friends, both the casual ones and the close ones, won’t last a lot longer than we do. That leaves our family. I consider this the most important part of our legacy.
Our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids are the people who will remember us. Our impact, especially our spiritual legacy, can extend far into the future. Do our kids and their kids know who we are spiritually? Is God at the center of our life? Have we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and passed those core beliefs on to those who matter most to us? If not, I don’t think the other parts of our legacy are too important.
Check out this short article on the “Family Life” website. http://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/parenting/foundations/godly-legacy/five-essentials-to-leaving-a-legacy-that-will-outlive-you