February 12, 2011

Legacy

Today......is the 5th anniversary of my Mamaw's passing. She was the Mother of 5, grandmother of 10, if she were living....would be the great-grandmother of 6 (and more on the way)...and literally a friend to everyone. There is one moment in particular that I will never forget. When I was a child she and I were together. Somewhere during that day, she came across the garbage man. She spoke to him like a friend. Not like he was someone less than her. I don't believe that she ever met a stranger....and never looked down at or was demeaning to anyone. She was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off your back if you needed it. She has left a huge legacy for those of us who loved and cherished her. So it has me thinking today about my legacy. What am I passing down to my children?

You have heard the old saying "actions speak louder than words." Our kids most certainly learn by example. Am I exhibiting the kinds of actions and behaviors I want them to have? Am I showing love to those around me? Do I give of myself for the benefit of others? Do I have the Fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control? What will my legacy be?

As I go throughout my daily life I try to remember that Grace and Gauge are watching me, and listening to me. What are they seeing, what are they hearing. Do they see their Mommy being positive, happy, loving, gracious, humble, patient, caring, giving, thoughtful, fun - - all the things I want to be. Don't get me wrong.....there are days when I fail miserably. But my prayer is that the days I succeed greater outweigh the ones that I didn't.




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