What Kind of Legacy are you Leaving Behind?

What Kind of Legacy are you Leaving Behind? Part 1

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If a friend were to describe you in a few words, what words would they use?, “thoughtful”, “kind”, “hard working”, or would they use other phrases like?: “she/he doesn’t seem sure of themselves“, or “he/she is so gifted but they let fear and apprehension hold them back from doing great things“.

Have you ever thought about what impact you want to leave behind? If you’re a young person, maybe in your 20s or 30s, you may be thinking this doesn’t matter but believe me it’s important no matter what our age is. Plus, time has a sneaky way of catching up before we know it.

I think of all the quotes in the world that have lived on past the person who originally said them. And some quotes, we don’t even know who the author was. Words as well as what we do impact other people around us long after we’re gone.

This isn’t a morbid post, just a reflection on life. I didn’t actually start thinking of how I want people to remember about me until I hit 50. The actions I take have long arms and I would hate to leave a life of unfinished business that never encouraged or helped anyone.

Creating a good legacy is an ongoing process. With God’s help, I work on myself daily…my character, how I conduct myself, the words I speak, etc. This list below is how I’d like to be remembered:

  1. That I was an encourager. I didn’t always think of myself as a naturally positive person. In fact, just the opposite. But with God’s grace, I don’t want to be a pessimist. I enjoy laughter and joy and though life gets messy, I like staying as upbeat as possible and I get a lot of joy encouraging others. It’s a great feeling on the inside.
  2. That I truly love Jesus. The most important to me is that I lived the life The Lord wanted me to in front of everyone. It’s one thing to act all spiritual in front of my church people, but what about at home when it’s just me and hubby? Or, when I’m out running errands, driving down the street, grocery shopping? How am I acting then? The Lord doesn’t like hypocrisy, He’d rather me not represent Him at all then to put on a pretense.
  3. That I had integrity and could be trusted. I hope I’m not coming across self-righteous. I’m NOT trying to! I need God’s grace every second of the day, believe me. I just want to be remembered as someone that would try to do the right thing and whether that be I had to apologize for messing up, that’s fine cause the bottom line is I want others to know my true character.
  4. That I had passion for what I did. That goes for working on my day job, co-owning a business with hubby, ministry, creating…everything. I love staying busy and when I’m on a job or project, if I can’t give 100% of my heart to it, I’d just rather not do it at all.
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To leave a good legacy means working at it everyday. I pray that I will reach my goals and fulfill my dreams, but most of all that I leave something invaluable behind.

How would you like to be remembered? Are you leaving a good legacy?

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.