Written by Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC, Author
Writing this blog stems from a recent discovery of a wonderful legacy my father left behind to me. This week I have taken a trip down memory lane that blessed my soul. Without my knowledge or my understanding the significance of what Dad was doing then, he took home movies during my childhood using an 8 mm film camera. Before Dad’s death, he transferred the movies to DVD. Either I never knew or had forgotten that the movies existed until recently when my mom broke up housekeeping and gave me a lot of family memorabilia and other items, which included the home movies. These movies contained film of relatives and friends long deceased, baptisms, weddings of old friends, Christmas celebrations, and family vacations. Rekindled memories I will cherish forever!
What legacy will you leave behind? For those unfamiliar with the term “legacy”, a legacy is anything that a person leaves behind. Since legacies can be anything they can be positive or negative in nature.
Most people probably think of legacies as being monetary or materialistic in nature. However, that’s not always the case. Legacies can be in the form of habits, attitudes, morals/values (or lack of), and reputations. Legacies may also be spiritual in nature.
Let’s look at a few examples. One habit I might consider a negative legacy would be overeating. On the contrary, healthy eating would be a positive legacy to instill in one’s children. Anger and bitterness also can be passed down to children as a negative legacy. On the contrary, a legacy of love is a commonly known positive legacy.
The scope of a legacy need not be limited to one’s children, but may be world-changing. I believe Jesus Christ left the greatest legacy of all in the form of salvation to all whom will trust in His death on the Cross.
Each day we make choices in attitudes and behaviors that will determine what legacy we leave for others around us. Are you living out a legacy of kindness and good naturedness or a legacy of fear and defeat? You make the choice.