Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about legacies and what it means as a mom to leave a legacy. What do I do that will leave a lasting impression on my children? How does my faith impact the legacy I leave? Will my marriage impact them and their understanding of marriage and if so, how? And, what about my status as a working mom; what kind of legacy will that leave? The process has been a bit like traveling down a rabbit hole.
One thing has become abundantly clear, I must be deliberate about the imagery, relationships and messages that makeup the backdrop of my girls’ lives if I want to ensure that the legacy I leave them with is a legacy worth leaving.We must be deliberate about the imagery, relationships & messages that fill our children's lives if we want to ensure we are creating a legacy worth leaving. #LeaveALegacy Click To Tweet
Truthfully, it’s easier to think about the kinds of things I don’t want to leave as a legacy for my girls. For instance, I don’t want them to think of momma as always being too busy for them. Nor do I want a legacy of distraction and impatience, or of shallow faith and joyless living.
In the spirit of full disclosure, because I am a lawyer by training and partially due to my personality, the best place for me to start in figuring out what kind of legacy I want to leave is to start at the beginning. And in my mind, that is a definition.
1: a gift by will especially of money or other personal property : bequest She left us a legacy of a million dollars.
2: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past the legacy of the ancient philosophers The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.
“Something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor . . . “What is it that you are leaving behind? And, what do you want to leave behind? #LeaveALegacy Click To Tweet
Momma, I know that we all want good things for our kids. We want them to have a better life than what did; a more developed faith, a stronger marriage, and a fuller life. Because of these shared desires, I am excited to share that today I am kicking off an 8 week series exploring the question of what it takes to create a legacy worth leaving. Each week I will be sharing with you those things I believe are the hallmarks of a legacy worth leaving and want to encourage you to join the conversation.
Here is a quick look at what lies ahead:
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: A Legacy of Faith
Week 3: A Legacy of Worship
Week 4: A Legacy of Service
Week 5: A Legacy of Love
Week 6: A Legacy of Contentment
Week 7: She Speaks Break
Week 8: She Speaks Break
Week 9: A Legacy of a Godly Marriage
Week 10: Conclusion
Please check back in next week as we talk about what it means to live and leave a legacy of faith. You can subscribe to my blog and the posts will show up automatically in your inbox!