Saturday, January 05, 2008

Legacy


"Be thou diligent to know the state of they flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?"

Proverbs 27:23 - 24

Legacy, a word I am pondering today as a result of our recent visit to Grandmother's house. Her legacy is profound and is passed along to her heirs; the values of faith, love, diligence, and care for others by quietly fulfilling the duties of life. She was not a woman with dozens of words, but rather one who had a word carefully chosen for each individual or situation she faced in life. Even in her quietness, she promoted the things that were important to her. Her legacy.

These thoughts make me contemplate what legacy I will pass along to my own heirs. I know what I hope to pass along to them, but sometimes wonder at my success in inculcating what I believe is important and of value. A legacy of the qualities of love, faith, and hope are gifts that are simple yet valuable to those who go after a person in life. Some think of legacy as financial resources or material possessions, but the most important legacy is of things that cannot be bought or sold. My responsibility: to demonstrate faith, the joy of living, the value of responsibility, compassion for others, an appreciation for the aesthetics of life as provided by our Creator, and so much more. These simple things of life become complex, yet uncomplicated when one thinks of them in the lasting terms of legacy.

What is your legacy?


Photo copyrighted by Rylan
2008

3 comments:

  1. As always, a beautiful post - and a good thing to ponder too. You are blessed to have relatives who pass on such a wonderful legacy to your family !

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  2. Very interesting. I will have to think on this one xoxoxo Clarice

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  3. Melissa's Cozy Teacup9:03 PM

    I love hearing about your grandma. I hope my legacy is that people say that I offered an oasis in a hectic stressed out world to women and brought them together under an umbrella of kindness, friendship, love and unity.

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