Oct 21, 2015

{What's your Legacy going to be}

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Sometimes it seems that life is lived backwards! When we are young and have only a limited perspective, we have to make huge decisions of life that will shape the rest of our lives. As we tend to grow older not only do we become wiser but we begin to ponder the thoughts of "If I could do it again". I love talking to people that are older in age....lived a long life and has some mileage under their belts. Oh the things we can learn by simply listening to our elders!

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...... 

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy





  1. What an awesome post...words of wisdom. I want to live with less fear. This has given me some things to really ponder on, my Friend.

  2. Very thought-provoking post, Cindy. You're right, some of our most important decisions are made when we are almost too young to know the right path. I also think a lot of character building happens when we live through those decisions. Yes, we would all benefit from listening to our elders!! Wise words!!! Blessing to you, my friend!

  3. Great words Cindy.
    Connie Royals

  4. Very inspiring post, Cindy!...Christine

    1. Hummm, sounds like the perfect lesson to teach a bunch of women. Know what I mean, sister???? Very thought provoking, asking women what they would have done differently. I love it, AND you!
      Kim G.

  5. Wonderful, thoughtful words of wisdom, as usual!

  6. Oh Cindy,
    This is all so true and as we age, we begin to think more about what it is we want to leave behind.
    Thank you for this beautiful reminder, to stay steady and close to our dear Lord!
    Many Hugs,

  7. This is such an important message for any age. The cry of my heart is to love more radically. Reason being, when we give love away we forget about ourselves and become others oriented. We as human beings cry out for acceptance and love and sometimes those most difficult ones need the most love. I always need to remind myself of this so today, I'm super glad to read your message!

  8. This was really Good...I found something in it just for me!!! Thank You!

  9. Hi Cindy, as always you put into words thought provoking messages. All so true and we must be mindful going forward in life and what we leave behind to be remembered by. Be it character and nature, kindness and God fearing!! Blessings to you for sharing your wisdom! xo

  10. Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for this and this is packed with wisdom. I think as we get older our perspective on life begins to change! Thank you for being such a blessing and thank you for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Dear Cindy, I love this post and all that you mention here. It is so good to focus more on helping others and making a difference. God bless you. Hugs.

  12. If I could do life over again I would spend more time playing with and reading to my children and less time worrying about dirty dishes and what others think of me if I'm on the floor playing with my kids. I did that - but I would do more. My sweetheart and I recently attended a Godly Grandparent seminar about leaving a legacy for our grandkids and generations to come. It spoke volumes to us and we are working to build a legacy with each of our eight grands. It's a great opportunity we only have once.


So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy