A survey was done with fifty people with age beginning at 85 and the question was asked; "If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?
Lots of answers came from this question but three answers stood out prominently.
1: I would reflect more on the lives of others instead of allowing the busyness of my life to dominate me.
2: I would risk more. I would take more chances in life with the things that I thought were impossible.
3: I would do more things that would live on after I am gone from this world.
I think all of us (that has any amount of mileage on us) thinks about "What we would do different if given the chance to start over". But here is the thing I am learning...if we still have breath in our body then it's not too late.
Maybe we need to loosen up a bit...
Relax more...Be sillier...eat more ice cream! (that last one sounds good to me) Maybe we need to talk less and listen more...be a "fly by the seat of your pants kinda gal" instead of life being planned out hour by hour.
As I was thinking about the three most prominent answers given to the question the one answer that spoke to me the loudest was "I would do more things that would live on after I am gone from this world".
A legacy is something one leaves for another...passes down to another. A legacy can be material items and/or money. And...truthfully...everyone can leave something if they choose too. It can be as simple as your great-grandmother's dishes to large sums of money. But what about leaving a legacy that speaks Jesus to others....
I want to leave....
A legacy of joy in the midst of difficulty
A legacy of receiving and giving grace
A legacy of encouraging and inspiring others
A legacy of giving my time, treasures and energy for the Kingdom work
A legacy of modeling forgiveness
A legacy of unconditional love for my family and friends
A legacy of leading and descipling people to Christ
A legacy of hearing and doing God's Word
A legacy of doing good unto others
A legacy that says, Keep your HOPE in Christ!
Here's the thing;
Everyone leaves a legacy whether they plan to or not. Everything we say or do leaves the imprint of our lives on those around us. As long as there is breath in your body, there’s an opportunity to make your legacy count.
It pays to listen to our elders......
Hugs and blessings, Cindy