Legacy is a word that gets thrown around a lot. Every generation has people who are concerned with establishing their legacy. When someone passes others are concerned that the deceased’s legacy live on. Having younger children the legacies that I see being preserved are those of Walt Disney, Jim Henson, and some other famous people who built up their dynasty on entertaining and educating children. People like Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Frida Kahlo, Jackie Chan and a million others have built legacies that have lasted for decades.
As an adult, legacies are something each one of us hopes to leave making the world (or at least our families) a bit better. Being successful parents and spouses are some of the biggest legacies we all hope to leave, as well as leaving a strong financial legacy. My biggest concern is my ability to accomplish both of these things. Our financial plan (built on the foundation laid at a Financial Peace University conference my wife and attended in February of 2013) has begun the work of setting a firm foundation for changing my family tree—not only financially, but relationally. Dave Ramsey, founder of FPU, will tell you that when it comes to money it’s all about the relationships. Building a foundation in my behaviors (how I relate with money and with people my money affects) makes that foundation firm. Our legacy that we leave behind should be built on more than our finances but it must be firm! One built on a shifting foundation like sand isn’t going to last. So how can we make sure our foundation is firm?
The legacy we leave behind will be good, bad, or mediocre. The memory of it will be filled with selfishness, indifference, or a feeling of generosity. How you’re remembered is up to you. Our legacy that we leave behind should be built on more than our finances but it must be firm! One built on a shifting foundation like sand isn’t going to last. So how can we make sure our foundation is firm?
First we’ve got to acknowledge that our legacy is something that is part of a plan that is bigger than what we can imagine. God has designed the universe and everyone in it. The patterns that are systematically evident in creation reveal an intelligent design plan. When we explore the knowledge of God the creator through his word (The Bible) then we can gain an awareness of this foundation our lives are to be built upon.
Psalm 119: 73 says, “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.” Ever hear anyone say, “If only life came with instructions?” Guess what? It does! The first step in building a lasting legacy is to place it firmly on a solid foundation one that was laid thousands of years ago by Christ Jesus at the moment he laid down his life to spare yours. When someone who loves you more than life itself gives you a gift it is not to be ignored. Seek out your heavenly father: explore his word and learn about the foundation for your legacy.