Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Leaving A Legacy

I just wanted to share something I found on Blissfully Domestic today that I thought was so beautiful. This is a song by Nicole Nordeman and I had never heard of her before but it will be a long time before I forget her. It is one of those songs that really touched my heart and brought to the forefront something that must have been roosting there for quite sometime. Does music ever do that to you? Did you click on it and take a few minutes to really listen? One of the things I love about the Blissfully Domestic Magazine is how versatile and varied the posts really are. Each channel has so much to offer. I found this on the Inspired Bliss Channel of the blog.

The Ones

I like to think about the legacy I am leaving for my posterity. How will I be remembered when I am gone? It helps me to want to be better, to improve in all areas of my life and to never give up trying to find God's will for me. I like to think about what I can leave behind to uplift them and help them and support them. It makes me think a lot about what my own parents left me and what I wish they had left me, that they didn't. One of those things is a family history and that is part of why I love blogging so much. When I want to talk with my parents and can't ~ it makes me want to leave my experiences and my love and the things I learned from my mistakes as well as my successes behind for them. And most of all, I want them to know of my testimony of the Gospel Jesus Christ and its sustaining influence in my life. I want them to know and remember the things that mattered most in our lives, weren't things at all.

When I long to hear my mother's voice...I wish I had her thoughts in writing. It would be something amazing to hold on to~and when I just can't find an answer, I'd love to read through Dad's life experiences for help~so I do it for our own kids and grandkids in hopes that it will one day bring comfort to them.

What legacy do you wish to leave for your posterity? I believe that will be the inheritance that truly matters most, when you are gone.

Song Lyrics

Nichole Nordeman \ Legacy

"I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who and so-n-so's that used to be the best
At such'n'such ... it wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthy list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one..."


Laura said...

I love what you said. The published book of my Grandma's life that we recieved this year full of her wit and words has been SOOOO inspirational for me this last year. I am so glad we have so much of her writing. It really shows who she is and she was such an amazing, inspiring person.

laura.elizabeth said...

Wow, what a song! I love songs like that- the kind that sing what your heart thinks and feels and wants to be able to express. Thanks for sharing. I loved your thoughts too. I appreciate all you have done to leave a legacy of love and faith and patience and peace for me. Even now, when I am away and I want to talk to you but can't (because you are sleeping or I am not home)- I am grateful for the things you have written on your blog because it is like a little piece of you. In fact today I thought, I want to have lunch with mom. So I brought my lunch down to the computer and started reading your recent posts. It certainly isn't the same as the real thing but it works and I am grateful for it. I love you, Mom! You are a legacy maker to me!