Creating a Legacy


Listening to Mark Schultz’s song, A Different Kind of Christmas, is a wonderful reminder of the blessing in creating a legacy. While we face the holidays, it is okay to recognize the differences before us; an empty chair at the table, the sadness of missing a long-established tradition; forming and embracing new customs with new people.

The meaning I grasp from this beautiful, touching song is that even though the we face days without those we love, they are still with us because of the legacy left behind. There will always be a special place in our hearts and minds for these precious people because of the memories we hold close.

No matter how different the holiday season is for us after the death of a loved one, we do not need to be defeated and miserable. We can remember the ones we miss because of the investment and difference they made in our lives while they were still with us.

Knowing the value of these recollections, we must be intentional in making memories with those around us today. I have some friends who chose to forego buying numerous gifts for their four children this Christmas. Instead, they decided to invest their time and money in making memories by taking their family on a surprise cruise. I loved their ingenuity and determination. Toys and games break and can quickly lose their appeal. However, the time spent with family in building special memories together can never be replaced nor lost. What a clever idea!

Not all of us will be able to establish new traditions by taking a cruise or going on a trip with family. Fortunately, we can each get creative while experiencing new and lasting traditions, moments and events. Think outside the box and determine what it is that you can do in creating a legacy for your family.

What will my family remember about me when I, too, have gone to Heaven? Will they remember me for laughter, perseverance, a passion for life and love? Those are now my goals. I want my life to mean something. What I do today should make a difference not only in the present, but also for a lifetime. As people think of me years from now, will they gain strength and encouragement for their own journey through life? I hope so.

Let me urge you to take some time as this New Year approaches to determine how you might begin creating a legacy. Decide how you want to be remembered. Then move forward to help that dream and desire come to fruition.

Until next time –