Legacy is commonly related to money or property you receive from someone after they die. Today I would like to challenge you to look at LEGACY from a different perspective. Firstly, what does it mean to you? Do take some time to seriously reflect on the question. Secondly, do you believe you have a part to play in what kind of legacy you leave behind? Thirdly, if you’ve done steps one and two hopefully you’ve come to the conclusion that once you know what you want your legacy to be, you can start building and living it.

When people talk about you is the conversation based around your job, career, business or the contribution you make to family, friends and the wider community? Knowing what you want your legacy to be will allow you to make better use of your time, skill, talents and abilities. It will influence your day-to-day decisions in a positive way. Gaining clarity on what you want your legacy to be can give your life meaning and purpose.

When we move away from a monetary legacy and explore the alternate avenues, we begin to realise that whether we like it or not when we’re called to meet our maker, we all will leave a legacy of some description. The question is, will we be happy with what we’re remembered by and if not, are we prepared to do the necessary work to create the legacy we say we desire.

Some things to consider:

  • What do you want your life to stand for? 
  • How do you want to be remembered by your family and friends? 
  • What kind of an impact do you want to have on your local and wider community? 
  • What contributions do you want to make to your field? 
  • What lessons would you like to pass on to future generations?

One of the greatest legacies that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren is not money or other material things but rather a legacy of character and faith. Therefore think about your legacy because you are living/writing it every day. And always remember, to varying degrees like using a pencil if you make a mistake you can rub it out and start again.


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