Friday, August 28, 2020

Leaving a Legacy

"In order to leave a legacy for tomorrow, I have to be diligent today."  
(Alma Barkman)

Such truth in those words!   Whatever kind of legacy I hope to leave, I must be diligent today in working towards that.

And what kind of legacy do I wish to leave?  What do I want people to say about me when I die?  What do I want my family and friends to remember about me?

That's easy...

I want to be remembered as a woman who loved and trusted God and who loved her family and reached out to others.

Which means, those are my priorities---loving God, loving my family, reaching out to others.

Anything else I do is not really helping me create the legacy I long to create.  Anything else is superfluous.   Oh, may I remember those words when I'm tempted to skip my morning devotions and fill that time with Pinterest instead.  May I remember those words when I'm longing to read texts at the dinner table instead of listening to Gary rant about his day.  May I remember those words before filling my calendar with yet another activity that I haven't even prayed about.

May I, daily, be reminded that I must be diligent today in order to leave a legacy for tomorrow.  Rest assured, I am leaving a legacy---we all are!--but my daily choices determine what kind of legacy that will be.  May I leave the kind of legacy I want to leave---and that begins with being diligent and disciplined today.

Linking to:

Grace & Truth
Purposeful Faith 
Legacy Link-Up
Recharge Wednesday


  1. Beautifully said. We were discussing something like this the other evening and my son said, "Mom, you know what I am going to put on your tombstone?" (no, what) "I'm going to put on there 'Brutally truthful." Yikes...I'm not sure how good that is. I was a bit offended. He didn't mean it to be. He furthur explained, "Mom, you are always fighting for us, always seeking the truth and God's promises, and you keep it real with the truth. Mom, Grandma and Grandpa use to beat you to keep you honest and that made you a better mom, because you didn't have to beat me to keep me on the straight and narrow. You kept it real by telling me and showing me love and you didn't have to raise your hand at me, sure I probably got a spanking here and there, but for the most part, you didn't have to beat me to make me understand." Yikes...I'm not sure I like that epitaph, just saying.

  2. Patti, thank you for this compelling invitation to be purposeful and faithful in how we live our lives for Christ.

    It was so good to connect with you this week!

  3. Right on target. Thanks for linking up at the Legscy Linkup

  4. This is such a great reminder. Having that vision of who we want to be can guide our everyday lives. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from the Recharge Wednesday link up today!


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