I don't want to be remembered for the things I have, the travel I completed, the money I have accumulated. I want to be remembered for the things that really matter in this life. Things that bring joy, life; things that build up and not tear down; things that put others before myself. Ultimately for the things of God......eternal things.
The Word speaks to this "passing down" of our belief in and love for God to our children's children.
Psalm 78:4-8 "We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands."
A legacy doesn't just happen. It takes an intentional heart; one that is always looking for an opportunity to live for those around them. One that is ready, at a moments notice, to tell the wonders of a God who has been constant, faithful, full of love and grace. To be ready to share how God has moved in my life but also to be ready to act, to be His hands and feet to others. To be a glimpse of who He is to those in my life. So they will "put their trust in Him and keep His commands."
Along with the spiritual aspect of my legacy, there are other adjectives I want my children and grandchildren to use when thinking back on my life......fun, full of life, happy, trustworthy, a good listener, and maybe even spontaneous (ok....that may be a stretch). These characteristics also have to be intentional, I have to daily put things into perspective in order for these descriptors to be woven into the fabric of my actions.
This kind of intentional heart has the perspective of "the dishes can wait," "the to-do list can wait," "the outside world will be there another time;" and this kind of heart can see the presence of God in the tiniest of details in their day and proclaim it to those around her.
What do you think you are passing to your children's children? What are the fingerprints you are leaving on your family? Are they seeing and hearing the amazing story of Jesus and the wonder of God's creation? Are they watching you represent God's grace and love to them and to others? I want to encourage you to make a "legacy list" of areas in which you want to influence your family and friends. Then, your daily decisions will be filtered through the desire for your children's children to "put their trust in Him....not forget His deeds.....and keep His commands."