This week begins a series of posts about leaving a godly legacy, and they’re based on lessons from my study of the Old Testament book of Judges. I hope you’ll join me on Wednesdays through the end of August!
Legacy. When I see that word, images of wise, gray-haired elders appear in my mind. I also see younger generations lined up behind them, following their example.
I often think about a person’s legacy after they’ve died, and I’ve thought about several legacies lately. Three people in my Bible study group have lost parents in recent weeks, and it’s caused us to reflect. It’s sweet to hear them share memories of simple people who lived faithful lives.
I love some of the specific things they share, and their stories bring back memories of my grandmothers. My Grannie B had a green thumb and was a skilled croquet player. My Grandma R made SWEET tea and loved playing Scrabble. Both of them loved the Lord and were fiercely devoted to their families.
Neither of them were women of financial means, but they made us feel rich by the special things they did for us. It makes me wonder what things my family will remember about me…
So, I asked them.
We laughed at some of the quirky things I do. (There are WAY too many to list, and most would need so much back-story that the humor would get lost in translation.) They blessed me with some of their remarks and convicted me with others. But we came to a conclusion:
It’s never too late to improve your legacy.
A faithful life, in its simplest form, is nothing more than a series of faithful days. And I want my faithful days to include blessing someone around me.
It can’t be big. I don’t have unlimited resources of any kind – money, time, energy, focus, etc. – but I can do something. One thing.
Think about that for a minute. If God called you to do just one thing today, what would it be? (For all you moms out there, think beyond laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.) What one thing could you do that would bless somebody around you?
Your somebody might be a different person each day and your one thing might be different each day. But to your somebody, your one thing might become part of your legacy. And it might be the very thing somebody remembers about you.
Here are a few of mine:
- The way I answer the phone when my kids call (I have a quirky greeting for each of them)
- Making banana pudding for Steve (it’s his love language)
- Watching Say Yes To The Dress with Sarah
- Going to a particular restaurant with Scott when it’s just the two of us
- Picking up my nephew early from daycare & playing together in my driveway
See? Nothing expensive or flashy, just a little blessing!
Do not be interested only in your own life, but
be interested in the lives of others.
~Phil 2:4 (NCV)
Your comments bless me and encourage others! Can you remember someone’s one thing that blessed you? Please share!
Click to read other posts in the series, Leaving a Godly Legacy.