by Faith Reboot’s Marietta Taylor
I hear this word often and I try to wrap my mind around what it really means. Dictionary.com says legacy means “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor”. So it could be something good, bad or anywhere in between. If I’m going to hand something down, I want it to be good. Right? Well, maybe not.
What I want to leave is more like a template (and thanks to my daughter for giving me this word!). I don’t want them to follow my life like a blueprint, but I do want them to know where I started, where I went and where I ended up and the myriad reasons why. So if I’m leaving a template, it means I have to include the good, the bad and the ugly. And I am okay with that. Let me tell you why.
I want people to know I made some bad choices. By sharing those, I have the opportunity to talk about God’s unbelievable mercy. It never runs out and there is nothing we’ve done that is too big or bad for Him to cover with His mercy. I can speak about His mercy, but it’s only impactful in the context of “the bad”.
By sharing the struggles I’ve had, I’m privileged to be able to share how God carried me through each and every one. People will learn that God sends rays of hope, in the form of verses, people and other answered prayers. And sometimes it’s just that sense of peace in the midst of chaos. But they can’t know about that if I don’t share about my struggles.
You know… Answered prayers, happy times, breakthroughs, unexpected blessings. All those things and more. More. Like the good choices God taught me to make after His mercy got me through the bad choices. Or the sun shining bright after I was able to walk out of the dark tunnel I was struggling in. Or the satisfied feeling after I’ve come out of what seems like the longest, driest desert ever. The good that comes after the other stuff. From the good, I can show how God is in control of everything. How He loves in the good, bad and the ugly. And how in the end all of it is good when we have Him.
The template gives a foundation to build your own life upon. My template, my legacy isn’t really even about me. It’s all about Jesus. What I want to leave is a picture of how real life, a good life depends on Him. I’m not perfect and neither is my life. But in that imperfection lives the One who is perfect, holy, faithful, merciful and loving.
If I can demonstrate that, then my legacy is good and perfect.