This man has stood the test of life—will you be considered successful when your days are done? He was able to experience something that most of us will only get to wonder about—did we make a contribution that mattered to anyone.
Today I read a blog post from a young man I’ve known for years and he made me think a little more deeply about legacy. I got his latest post delivered to my email inbox this afternoon and once again his introspection and thoughtfully worded blog post caught my attention. This time it wasn’t about his mother and her fighting cancer (though maybe upon further reflection it did have something to do with his post) but about a sermon his pastor preached recently about leaving a legacy and legend and an ensuing conversation he and his wife had with another couple on that subject. Here’s an excerpt from his post:
We are preparing a journal as dads to leave to our children. It’s a journal that requires us to answer some questions about our past, our interests, some personal exposes and other information (fun and serious) that we are recording for the benefit of our children and our legacy. The questions are coming out of a book entitled, A Father’s Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words, by J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson publishing.
What do your children know about you as a kid, what did you do when you were their age? Join us on the journey to leave a legacy of our lives to our children, before we are just a memory. Time to leave a memory that matters.
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