A friend of mine recently died after a two-year battle with cancer. I used to read her posts about how her chemo treatments were going. There were days when she felt awful, days when she felt tired, and even days when she was afraid. Yet, the thing that stands out about her was her positive attitude. Even though she was going through a major life event herself she took time to encourage others. The human spirit is resilient continuing on when quitting would seem the easy way. We all want to make a difference. Some make a difference in how they live; what they accomplish still others make a difference in what they do for those who are less fortunate. It is a rare person who makes a difference in how they deal with pain. What an awesome legacy to leave; a legacy that says God made the world and sometimes bad things happen. Yet because God is good, he can bring about some positives from the most horrific events of all. Maybe we will realize just how short life is; perhaps we’ll decide to forgive that long-held hurt. We may call an old friend or family member and let them know just how much they mean to us. Life is so full of things that we somehow talk ourselves into doing; the must do list seems to never end. It seems we never schedule in time to just enjoy each other, to look at a sunset, to sing in the rain.
Think about the kind of legacy you want to leave. What will others say about you once you aren’t here? You can decide to write how your legacy will read by your actions. I don’t know about you, but I plan to change a few of my actions so that they will reveal the true legacy I wish to leave behind.