This morning, I told my husband again that I missed my parents. I miss their presence in my life, the ease of our conversations, the interest they had in me and the fact that they knew me first. Their legacy in my life goes far beyond money, it is rooted on relationships. Their relationship with each other, with me, my family and most importantly their relationship with our Heavenly Father.
I have been pondering the concept of legacy since our recently anniversary. Each of our daughters celebrated our anniversary with cards and the messages they wrote have caused me to ponder our legacy.
“One of the greatest gifts you have given all of us has been your example of a faith marriage. You have a beautiful story…”
“Our family is so bless and that stems from your love and commitment to each other.”
“Your marriage is an example of dedication, love and the gospel – one I look up to with ease.”
And from a son-in-law…
“I am very blessed to be a part of your family and to live downstream from God”s grace in your lives.”
My pondering of our legacy has centered on these statements, as these comments came for those who have seen us at our worst. Humbly this is what we will leave behind as our legacy – our relationships with each other, our family and our Lord. Nothing else will truly matter.
My husband and I desire to leave a valuable material inheritance to our daughters and their family. But no matter what our inheritance might be, it will not satisfy the deepest longing of their souls. That can only come from a saving relationship with the Lord God of the universe and of yet, lover of our souls.
Legacy is a powerful word that is lived out day to day in our relationships. I pray that those who come after me will know how much I loved my family and more importantly, my Savior.