What does it mean to leave a legacy? It’s leaving a heart print on someone’s life.
Nichole Nordeman at The Belong Tour poignantly pointed this out in her song, “Legacy”. It’s not about the accolades and the temporary trappings of our world. She asks all of us to think about “How will they remember me? Did I choose to love?…[Give] Enough to Make A Mark on Things? ”
I just loved hearing this song for the first time. It resonated so deeply with me as years ago, it became my mission to figure out what legacy I wanted to leave for my kids. It took a lot of time to figure out what I could give them that would be everlasting and show my heart.
For everyone it is different. Some people have treasures and photos they pass on, others pass on their heritage, possessions and family traditions. For me, it became about giving them something that they could hold in their hands and treasure, ultimately knowing that their mom built something for them, page by page, word by word, photo by photo, heart print by heart print. I wanted to leave an offering of my heart when I wrote the Sharing Our Life, Love and Food cookbook for them. Ironically enough, writing that cookbook turned into a community mission of “Sharing Life, Love and Food” in the hopes that it just might touch someone else’s life outside of our own family.
It’s so easy to think of just our own family and the mark we leave for them but I have to think it is more about the mark we leave on every life we touch. We are all each other’s keepers and without a doubt, LOVE can and should extend beyond those walls we call our own.
Have you ever thought of this legacy question for yourself? What is the legacy you want to leave? I think Nichole Nordeman gives us a great guide with these 3 simple questions:
Did I choose to love?
How will they remember me?
Did I leave an offering?
So many amazing “life giving” tidbits from the Belong Tour that I just had to share. Hope this one gives you some good food for thought. As always you can find more at Sharing Our Life, Love and Food.