Your Legacy Matters
We all enter this Earth, live our life, and impact others with the legacy of that life. Through our legacy, we remain connected to others and influence their own life experiences, decisions and beliefs. How precious it is when we can impart a legacy of faith that draws others closer to God.
This past weekend, we traveled to Columbus, GA to celebrate the 95th birthday of Jewel Austin. She is my husband’s grandmother and without a doubt the “Jewel” of the family. As loved ones and relatives gathered near, words were spoken in love and tenderness to honor her. One of her granddaughters spoke of Grandmother’s great faith and how much that had impacted her whole life. She said, ” I didn’t know any other way to live because she filled my heart and mind with such stories of faith, and she lived as an example of that faith.”
I thought of my own precious grandmother, Gene Spell, who passed when I was 19 years of age. She was very similar to Grandmother Austin and filled my growing up years with stories of faith, the wisdom of God’s word, and a sweet spirit of unconditional love. I too knew that my life was very blessed because of the impact of her legacy on me- a legacy that impacted my years of youth, and sustains me still through each passing season of life.
Timothy was a young disciple of Paul, who was also blessed and impacted by a legacy of faith. In 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul said to Timothy: ” I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
The people that surround us, especially as we are growing up, certainly impact our thinking, our values, and our view of the world as well as our view of God. Think about the people who most influenced your growing up years, and think about the people who most influenced your view of God. It doesn’t take much to realize that we are all connected and that connection is an important one. The elder generations influenced us, and what we share while living with our own generation, our children’s and grandchildren’s generations, will carry on to influence many more generations as well.
In Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 God laid the foundation for imparting a legacy of faith: And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Every day that your heart pulses, and your lungs draw in a breath, your legacy is being created and imparted. What will you choose to pass on to others through your words, actions, and living example. What will others remember most about you when you grow old and when your spirit leaves this Earthly dwelling? Will your legacy be one of faith? Will remembrance of your life draw others closer to God and strengthen their own legacy of faith?
Don’t worry if your current legacy seems stained and tattered….God is the great healer and miracle worker. He can take any worn out fabric of broken, faulty living and turn it into a great tapestry of beauty and redemption. He wants to be the writer of your story, your legacy. Your legacy of faith can begin today.
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you view your life as a legacy that God wants to use for his glory. May you always be mindful of the influence you have on those around you, and through the unfolding of your story, may others come to know Jesus and His love.
If you would like to learn more about building your own legacy, I highly recommend a Bible Study written by Leah Adams. The Bible Study is called From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest – Creating a Godly Legacy. I was blessed to go through this bible study with an online group led by Leah and I found the book to be a valuable learning tool. You can find more information at the Point Ministries.