Thursday, September 15, 2011

What legacy are you leaving?

Nichole Nordeman, a Christian American singer-songwriter and an eight-time Dove Award winner, sings a song entitled “Legacy,” which is about doing something eternally significant with our lives that points people to Christ.

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy


Soul Search: What legacy are you leaving that unapologetically blesses the Lord’s name? How will your understanding that you were born with a God-given lifetime dream impact your day-to-day living?

My Sweet Yahweh, I want to leave a legacy, an offering, that blesses your name unapologetically. Help me to do so, starting immediately.

12 comments:

Julie Cortelezzi said...

I think there are many arenas where we can leave a legacy. In our church, in our community, in our family. I guess the first thing that comes to mind is my kitchen table. Yep. That's right. I have a saying above my kitchen table that says "The fondest of memories are made when gathered around this table." And they are! I love spending hours around the dinner table with my family, or friends, lingering over a wonderful meal (ok, I admit I'm a great cook!) and laughing or sharing - making memories. As my family gets older and busier, dinner is even more precious to us. But of course it's not about the meal, it's about the intention. It's about creating an environment of comfort and safety to relax, open up and share knowing you are accepted and loved. So while it may not sound like something out of Ephesians 4, one of my hopes after I've gone is people will remember how they felt loved and cared for(and hopefully a little spoiled)when they shared a meal with us in our home.

Cindy Taylor said...

I would love to leave a legacy....that my children would see Christ in me and want to serve my God too! I see my family as my mission field and now that they are growing up, I want to reach beyond them to others who want to find their purpose!

Jennifer McCauley said...

Leaving a legacy... isn't it amazing that so many times we find ourselves swallowed in the "busyness" of life, that we figure we will think about that "some day?" That is the camp I resided in until five years ago when I was forced to face the reality of my own mortality. While I felt blessed in so many ways and at peace with who I was and what I had done; I longed to be able to do so much more for God.
God in his graciousness has given me more time to act upon this desire and now I am striving to learn what exactly his purpose is for me and how he wants to use me for whatever time I have here on earth. So, for me, I am living life by trying to be an encouragement, comfort and motivator for those that have lost hope and are looking for joy, despite their circumstances. Trusting that choosing to have joy in this life will be the light that draws others to Christ and those that knew me will truly be able to say: she genuinely cared about me as a person and wanted everyone to enjoy more of life. She taught through her walk of life that real peace and joy comes from not looking inward, but from looking outward at others and helping them to look upwards to God for the big and small things in life.

Sherrill Schlimpert said...

I am so blessed to be leaving a legacy right this moment by using these anointed materials to begin training another coach to go out into the world. I'm helping her get into the blog and she was unsure about needing to send in address of her friends so I'm sending this to see what she is encountering.

Ms. Lolita said...

A part of the legacy I desire to leave is one of service. To show my children that it is important to consider someone other than themselves. The message I convey with deed and not just words is, living a fulfilling life is about positively impacting the lives of others.

UnityFaith said...

To leave a legacy is what has been put on my life since I recommitted my life to the Lord. I want to do this for God and His kingdom purpose and for my children and grandchildren (when I have them). The Lord has been leading to show women that their is hope, joy, and that there can be peace through life's difficulties.

TISHAUNA said...

After discourse with human beings anywhere they will form opinions of us, therefore we must carefully choose the things we say and do, as we influence whether negatively or positively without effort. Those of us who are very influential must also be even more careful in our actions.

Tishauna Mullings

Dieula Previlon said...

I want to leave a legacy for my children and family to continue to pursue loving God and their neighbors as themselves. I want to leave my fingerprints on this earth knowing that God used me to help make society a better place to live.

Marianne Takacs said...

Okay, so this comment is a little late in coming~ but only just having found your blog! .....
Love the idea of a legacy- one for Christ to those we (hopefully) impact in our lives. Speaking as someone who shared the joyous experiences of co-authoring a 30 day devotional book with my lovely daughter & recently seeing it published... legacy is definitely a hope of mine. I'm realizing legacy isn't just something you leave behind though, it's something you create as you go and hope you get a glimpse of along the way. This has been the case in the writing, publishing, sharing and now speaking experiences with my daughter who was not expected to live past her childhood years. But God had other plans and we are sharing in what we hope is a legacy of caring & encouragement, as we reach out with our stories to the world around us with the message that God taught us: 'God has not abandoned you to your life challenging circumstances~ but is, in fact, walking with you through the struggles'. He is our 'Hope In The MIdst,' hence the title of our book!

TISHAUNA said...

Most successful people usually have a a culture of leaving a legacy.

Leanne Stolpe said...

I have felt called to leave a legacy as a teacher and as a mom. I now sense God calling me to leave a legacy as a life coach. I truly believe God guides our paths and dreams. Looking back on my life beginning in high school, I always had people come to me with their problems. They wanted someone to listen. They wanted advice. Recently, being on a church staff for a few years, I developed a ministry or pastoral mindset. I loved helping people take their next steps spiritually. I continue to seek people out that need a listening ear or a gentle push to move forward. I'm sensing God's call to become a life coach! I've been learning about life coaching. I'm talking to a life coach friend. I'm praying. I'm getting council from some wise friends who know me well. I'm excited about this new adventure. "For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to give you hope and a future."-Jeremiah 29:11

Leanne Stolpe said...

I am so excited to begin this journey as a life coach. I know God will use me in the lives of women to help them find life purpose. I feel like it's a wonderful way to leave a legacy!