Our Own Legacy
This Sunday we examine legacy. Not some legacy left behind by someone rich or famous, but our own legacy. We seldom seem to ask the question about what we hope to leave behind. I think part of why we don’t talk that way is because we don’t want to face our own death. But death is coming for all of us, and wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift to think about, plan for, take steps toward your legacy. Jesus certainly talked about his, particularly as the day was approaching.
So, what is it that we hope to leave behind once we’re gone? Is there some lasting impression, some gift for humanity, some cultural shift, or some family inheritance? And by inheritance I don’t necessarily mean money or things. Sometimes the most significant legacies are our children, our shared thoughts, and our love shared openly. Sometimes our legacies are the actions we chose to take while living, often courageous or transformative. Sometimes our legacies are the words of encouragement we offered to others. And tragically, sometimes are legacies are more unhealthy and negative.
What’s interesting about legacies is that what we leave behind is up to us. So let’s explore that this Sunday, as Laura and I share a few of our hopes for our own legacies. To prepare please read Psalm 71:15 – 24a.