A Life of Legacy
Have you ever considered the legacy you will leave behind? Is your legacy something that concerns you? What is it that you want people to remember most about you? This summer I had the honor of remembering my dad at his funeral. While it was one of the hardest things I have ever done it was also one of the most rewarding.
I have been blessed to have two amazing parents. They have lived amazing lives of service to their family, community, and country. They have been my greatest teachers on how to live life well. I hope that the way they have inspired me has caused me to live a life that encourages and inspires others.
A few days after my dad passed away I heard the song entitled “Leader of the Band”; a 1981 single by Dan Fogelberg. While my father was not a man of music he was the leader of our “band” and this song makes me think of all the things he taught me and the dedicated life he lived. There are a couple of lines in the song that cause a lump to form in my throat. One in particular “ I thank you for the kindness and the times that you got tough and, Papa I don’t think I’ve said ‘I love you’ near enough.” I would give anything for one more opportunity to say those words to him.
As we come upon the holiday season and the closing of another calendar year, I would like to challenge you to think about the legacy you are leaving for those you love and lead. Take stock of what those closest to you might remember. Then take time to thank and express your love to those who have inspired, encouraged, and lived a life of legacy for you.