Saturday, April 25, 2009

What kind of Legacy?

I've been thinking a lot about what kind of legacy I am leaving. We've grieved the deaths of many close friends and loved ones in the last two years and several in the last month. I can't help but think, "what kind of life am I living and what will be said about me when I am gone?"

At the homeschool conference Mark Hamby quoted someone else: "The world has not seen what God can do through a man wholly committed to Him." I want to be that person wholly committed to Him. Not for my own glory, oh no, that is lonely and empty...for His glory, forever. I live the chorus of Nicole Nordeman's song, "Legacy". "Did I point to You enough? A child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapolgetically." That's the legacy I pray that I am leaving.

Legacy by Nicole Nordeman

I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who and so-n-so's that used to be the best
At such'n'such ... it wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthly list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...

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