My dad passed away on January 29th so the last couple of weeks has been a little scrambled with all the details, so I have not written a blog for a few weeks. My dad’s funeral has inspired me to write about “Legacy” and what it means to be “Living a Legacy”. We had several people (sons – adopted son – grandson – granddaughter and brother) speak at his service and each one had a message about how dad had impacted their lives. From the passing on his faith, to fishing expertise, to friendship, to just having fun. I was overwhelmed at the impact my dad had in his everyday life with anyone who was around him.
One of the comments that we put on his obituary was “Gene did not know a stranger, everyone he met was a friend”. Since my dad was a USPS city carrier he came into contact with allot of people and he also had a church family that knew him well. So Dad was one to get to know allot of people in many different ways and enjoyed just visiting with them.
So my dad had a Legacy that he left behind.
I was in Spearfish a couple of weeks ago, so I attended a church there and a scripture that was shared inspired me to think about Legacy:
Colossians 1:9-10: > For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
The caption I wrote from this was: “Man’s search for Meaning” – and it reminded me of the next GMM Theme that is coming up “Living the Legacy” (this is a rough draft of the theme but it is a work in progress).
But as it was with my Dad – my questions to myself when I die are:
- Will people have prayed for me?
- Will I continually be asking God to fill me with Knowledge?
- Will the Spirit be working through me?
- Will I bear a life worthy of the Lord?
- Will I bear good Fruit?
- Will I be leaving a Legacy that has impacted those that I have come in contact with?
Great questions and as I look back on my life and go forward – I want to make sure that I am Living the Legacy that I will be leaving.
So for you – look at the questions that I have written see what legacy you are living.