Leave a Legacy

A legacy is something handed down from a predecessor. Yesterday in my blog about writing I shared ideas for leaving a legacy through words.

Even more important is leaving a spiritual legacy, of making a godly impression on people today and generations tomorrow. This starts at home, with family, and extends to friends, rippling out to other places and times.

Train Our Children: Through our words, actions, and priorities, we show our children what’s important to us. They’ll learn what we teach, so we need to teach the right things in the best possible way. Moses offered wise advice, doing this “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up,” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19).

Pray For Others: Jesus valued prayer, making it the primary component of all he did. We should do the same, praying not only for ourselves but also for others. Prayers can have a lasting impact, even an eternal one.

Support the Best Causes: There are many good causes with noble intents, yet with limited resources, we must choose the best areas to invest our time and money. When done well, our impact can be significant, resulting in changed lives now and building the means to do so later. Plus, how and where we use our time and invest our funds speaks loudly about our priorities, so our choices provide an example for others to follow.

Leave a Testament: A friend recently shared that today’s culture has forgotten the “testament” part of “last will and testament.” Originally intended as written direction for a person’s family upon his or her death, it provided a means to leave final instructions. Although wise to begin sharing our testament while alive, preparing a last testament could have a continuing impact on our family’s future.

Let’s first make sure we leave a spiritual legacy and then strive to make it a great one: lasting and significant.