You are Leaving a Legacy. But What Kind?

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Today’s post won’t be long, but I pray it will be profound. Choose your legacy and choose it well.

Psalm 145:4One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

Have you ever thought about your legacy – what you’ll leave behind you for generations to come? Have you considered that the truths or lies, joy or pain, feelings, morals (or lack thereof), wisdom or folly, trust or distrust, love, hate, or apathy, and opportunities for growth you sprinkle into every exchange will shape and mold the person you interact with? Most of us haven’t.

Fact: You are leaving your legacy right now. You are making an impact. But what kind?

Your legacy is based on your words, body language, demeanor, character, caring, and actions – the overall feeling you leave a person with. Do you inspire them or deflate them? Do you offer hope or stir their feelings of fear? Does your presence bring joy and gratitude, or do your attitudes and complaints tear them down?

Those things affect people and how they go on to interact with the people around them, which then affect the people around them, and so on. The impression you leave behind shapes their thoughts and emotions, which colors their words, and eventually, flavors their actions. It took me way too long to realize that.

Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Good or bad, you’re leaving a mark. Every. Single. Time. No matter who you interact with – children, spouse, the bagger at the grocery store, co-workers, etc. – your mark makes an impact, so choose your mark carefully, deliberately, and thoughtfully. Most importantly, choose it prayerfully and well.

Let the legacy you leave with that person steeped in love, honesty, and kindness. Uplift those in your sphere of influence with encouragement and hope, because eventually your influence leaks into their sphere of influence, and so on. Think ripple effects and butterfly wings. Help them believe in themselves and God’s love and plan for them. Be honest, genuine, and real. Be a true example of Godly lovingkindness. Sometimes, you’re that person’s only light in the darkness. Choose to be a bright one.

Ephesians 5:8 – For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.

My prayer for you: God, open every readers’ eyes to the power of their attitudes and help them understand the weight and responsibility of their impact. Help them choose you and to represent you well in every interaction. Help them trust, rest, and find peace in you – the peace beyond understanding – so that they reflect your peace and your love into the world. Bless them, Lord. Amen.

You are loved.

How are you going to leave your mark today? Please share it in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “You are Leaving a Legacy. But What Kind?

  1. Such a beautiful reminder. This was refreshing to read which is exactly why it’s important to act as this article says helping bring things to a positive note instead of always feeding off negativity.
    I’ve been challenged with a very very difficult person in my life and I have to keep reminding myself not to stoop to that level and just continue to be kind and grateful and not lose myself to other people’s hatred. Thanks Julie.

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    1. Thank you so much! Keep up the good work with that person! I like to think those challenging people offer us the opportunity to cultivate our patience and grace in ways that we couldn’t without that experience. Doesn’t mean my grace or patience are perfect, not by any stretch of the imagination, but thinking of the interaction as a growth opportunity does take a little of the sting out. I’ll say a prayer for both of you.

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