One definition of a legacy is a gift, a present, an offering, most often received after someone has died.
Author Shannon Alder says that “A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they tell.”
I have three friends who are “legacy givers”, whose stories have become their legacy as they live out their lives.
These three women are very much alive, and do not realize the extent and the seriousness of my examination of their lives, but I am taking notes, serious notes.
They each were given a story for their lives; a story not to their own choosing, but a story written for them by God.
Their story has taken each of them through hard journeys and they have become prayer warriors with the scars to prove it.
I am honored to know their “back” stories, the stories of the dark nights, the stories when it looked as all hope was lost and strength was zapped.
And I also know their victories and redemption, their celebrations and most of all their unwavering faith in a Father who has never been silent in their lives, and since He has not been silent, they are not silent.
These women are in their 80’s and 70’s and I often say, “I want to be just like her when I grow up.”
I know their stories because they are continuing to tell them by living their lives.
I literally sit at their feet waiting to hear more of the story of their lives they are telling by living their faith out loud, hearing the unwavering hope, hope that is anchored in the bedrock of that faith.
This year, the Women’s Ministry of SMC is presenting “His” Story once a month with women that you run into at the grocery store, sit beside in worship, wash dishes with for a student dinner, wave at as you drive, stand behind in line in the Atrium, overhear them correcting their children on the playground, or exercise beside them at the gym.
They are just like you, and they are writing their story as they live their ordinary every day lives. They are writing their legacies. They are telling their stories, the dark valleys and the triumphs. They are “legacy givers”.
They are giving “…a reason for the hope” they have found (1 Peter 3:15) in the telling of their story, which is really “His” story.
My “legacy givers” are still writing their stories, the stories that God has written them.
What will be your legacy?
What gift of story and memories are you leaving?
You are writing your legacy every day, telling the story given to you.
Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone will leave a legacy.
What story will you tell?