"Every time you walk out of a room, you leave a legacy." ~ Alistair Begg
When I think of leaving a legacy, I usually think of these girls and the rest of my nieces and nephews.
One often thinks of their children when they think about the legacy they are leaving. Since I don't have children of my own I often think about my siblings' children and how I might affect their lives for the better. More than anything I want them to know they are loved by their creator and loved by me. Nothing will change that.
I'm beginning to realize however that just as the quote above says, my actions moment by moment are contributing to the legacy I leave no matter where I am or who I am with. I'm not the type of person who lights up a room when they arrive. I am somewhat reserved and guarded, but even with a reserved personality, I can leave a place better off than when I arrived. I want to be more deliberate about taking my mind off of myself and putting it on Christ and the people he has placed in my path everywhere I find myself.
I am finding that pursuing excellence for the cause of Christ takes deliberate work. We don't passively become all that he intends for us to become. So my challenge today and in the days ahead is to remember the legacy I am leaving in each place I occupy. Yes, definitely in the lives of my family, I want to do better and be more deliberate in how I affect their lives, but also in all the lives that are not coincidentally placed along my way.