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Mimi's Musings

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What is your legacy?



Leaving A Legacy

So often I think about what my grandchildren do for me, what they give to me. And they give me plenty. This weekend my heart is already filled with expectation because I get to see my sweet baby girl. It’s been six weeks and these arms are aching to hold her and to watch her roll over, see her silly grins, hear her laughter. It won’t be long now, just a few more days.

But in the meantime, I’ve wondered what they’ll think about me in future years. When they hear the name Mimi said, what thoughts will fill their minds? Which leads me to the word LEGACY. Most dictionaries give similar definitions but I like this one best: Something that someone has achieved that continues to exist after they stop working or die.

So my question to myself this week is “What legacy do I leave behind each time I visit my grandchildren?” And ultimately, “What legacy will I leave behind when I leave this earth?”

I don’t mind being remembered as the grandma who made pancakes for lunch instead of breakfast (as we did on Monday), or the grandma who finds chocolate in the ears of her toddlers. I love being the grandma who knows how to find treasures while taking a walk such as a dried out snake skins (yup, we did that on Monday, too) or the grandma who makes shadow animals on the walls using a flashlight. But those are just fond memories. For my legacy I want more. I want to be remembered for who I am, rather than for what I did.

So…who am I? I am a child of God. I love God. And I love others. My legacy should be that I really know how to love. My legacy should be that I can model Christ to others to give them hope and point them toward God. I am a woman of joy so my legacy should be that I leave joy everywhere I go. I am a servant of God so part of my legacy should be that I serve others and therefore inspire them to serve as well. I am a caretaker, looking out for those who need extra help, extending that help in a kind-hearted, loving way.

There are lots of other attributes of Christ that should be present in my life but you catch my drift. The person I am meant to be and the legacy I should be concerned about leaving behind is the life of Christ.

The New Life Version of the Bible, Colossians 1:27b: “Christ in you brings hope of all the great things to come.” Now that’s a legacy to leave behind – hope for others of great things to come.

Lord, may I mature in you so that when I leave this world, I truly leave behind more than wonderful memories. May I leave behind a great legacy of hope and example for my grandchildren, their parents, and others my life has come in contact with.

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I have been giving your question some thought since I read it yesterday, especially today as I took care of my GS. Here is what I have to say.....

I want my GC to know that they have, they always will have, my unconditional love. I want them to know this through my actions and my words. Whether we are baking cookies, taking a walk, or playing in the sink I want them to know that I am there with them and for them because I love them. This doesn't mean I don't have expectations or rules - in fact it is quite the opposite - but that is one part of my legacy.

The other thing that I want to leave them with is the belief that you treat others the way that you would like to be treated. I tell them this, certainly, but I try to consistently demonstrate to the GC that other people deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. Too often now I see young people who seem to have a sense of entitlement. I want my GC and my DDs to remember that nobody is entitled to anything and that we always need to treat others the way we would like to be treated. It is gratifying to see my daughters actively teach this to their children.

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I pray my legacy is a legacy of love.  Love of God, of family, of my sweet sweet grandbabies.






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