A Lasting Legacy

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Another theme that has been running through my life lately has been “living with the end in mind.” I’ve heard these words many times and didn’t really pay much mind. In fact, it seemed a bit morose to think about death. Picking up “Living the Intentional Life” brought to life why it is so important to think NOW about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind.

When you are up to your neck in survival mode and busyness, it is difficult to think about “things that last.” You just want to keep trying to put one foot in front of the other without tripping. I have been in and out of this mode for longer than I’d like to be. When this year began, I picked the word “Forward” to focus on. I desire to look ahead instead of staying stuck in the pastin mistakesin failures. I don’t want to let those things cause me to flitter the days away and cause me to say things like, “Where has this year gone?”

This book reminded me that it is never too late to re-create the life you want to live. To live with passion and purpose. To make a positive impact on the world around you. We need to stop just taking up space on this planet and start being people that make the world a better place because we are in it. Each day we are given is a new chance to focus on our legacies. To focus on what we are called to do regardless of the life stage we are in.

Don’t wait until _______ to be the person you want to be known for or do what makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. Start doing it NOW!

About Marjorie

Marjorie is a NW girl who now calls the Nashville, TN area home. She is VP of Events for Fuselage and wears many hats in that position, but the most important is working with Student Pastors to provide ways to reach students. Marjorie is also passionate about seeing people living out their dreams and using their gifts to make a difference around them.

  • Lauren Bates

    Visiting from the incourage link up. Really enjoyed this post!

  • Teresa

    I felt the same way after reading Jean’s book 🙂 It puts everything in a new perspective.
    Sometimes I think about how I would have worried less in my early 20s if I had realized I would be a wife and mom now in my 30s (the bad dates and disappointments would have been a lot easier to deal with!). This book makes me wonder how I will look back at my 30s someday — what will remain important and what was just noise. It definitely focused my view of this lifetime.
    It’s interesting that you picked “Forward” for your word of the year. My word was “connect.”
    🙂 Teresa from http://www.mamamuseme.wordpress.com