Yesterday was Memorial Day for our country and as I spent the day with the ones I love, with my four little and my man, I couldn’t help but reflect on all of those men and women who have gone before us, who have sacrificed their lives to give us the freedom we have today. I thought about the day in day out things, the little things, that you and I get to enjoy because of their bravery and willingness to pave the way for us.
And it got me thinking…
Ya know, the whole idea of it all is so much like parenting.
Men and women for ages and ages have seen what must take place in order to experience the joys that our country has and in turn, they have put their lives on the line, they have chosen to leave a legacy for those who come after them, they have shown a courage and character that only true role models possess.
I don’t know about you, but I want to leave that kind of impact on my babies. I want to leave for my little’s a legacy that changes the course of their life, in the same way that our soldiers legacy has changed mine and brought a freedom I didn’t earn.
So, how do you do it? How do you leave a beautiful legacy for your babies? Where do you even begin?
Sometimes it’s easy for me to get caught up in the big picture of things, in the “I want to reach my goals, get things done, climb the ladder, make it to this point” big picture and while there’s nothing wrong with that, a legacy starts in the small before the grand. It starts in the small faithfulness that you and I as mama’s show to our kids day after day. It’s the consistency of waking up every morning, of getting in our words to GET a word from the Lord, of loving on our sweet babies over and over again that makes the biggest imprint. So, the beginning of a beautiful legacy starts right in the center of the home. It starts with meeting the immediate needs right in front of you, every single day, and teaching the ones you love how to stay faithful, how to find joy in the little, how to create love in the home.
A legacy is something that stays behind after we leave this earth. It’s created in the life we live and it’s succeeded by the one’s we’ve lived it in front of. A mama’s legacy starts in the center of the home, but leaves and spreads it wings as her little’s do so as well and one of the most impacting qualities that you and I could ever possess is this spirit of quick forgiveness, a willingness to love well and forgive well. As my kids grow and get older, I can’t help but notice how much they soak up every word I speak, every eye I roll, every action I make. They see the side of mama that no one else does and I want them to see in me a heart that loves so big, a heart that pours out grace for others who do me wrong, a heart that is slow to speak, slow to anger and quick to forgive. A person who forgives much is a person who will undoubtedly change the world around them.
And I want my babies to be little world changers.
So you really want to leave a legacy for your angels? I’m talking a legacy that impacts them SO much so that they are drastically changed because of it? Let’s look at those who have gone before us to give us the freedom that we have now. Let’s look at them and then, let’s look at our Savior, at what He chose to endure to give us TRUE freedom, eternal, physical, and spiritual freedom. He chose the cross. He chose to lay His life down for us to find ours in His. He chose to humble himself as a servant. And mama’s, if we want to leave a legacy that results in true freedom for our kids, we must choose the same path. We must choose to live for more than just ourselves, for more than just our little’s. We must choose to live for Christ and let Him consume our hearts, our lives. Jesus came to GIVE us life and life abundant, so when we exchange ours for Him, we are gaining life that satisfies the deepest places of our hearts straight from our Savior and Creator.
A legacy is no legacy without Christ. It begins and ends with Him. It begins and ends with choosing Him over everything else and our babies are going to be impacted for eternity because of that one choice.
So mama’s, leaving a legacy IS possible. It’s more than possible. But it starts in the center of the home, it lives on through a forgiving spirit and it ends with sacrificing our lives, it end with Jesus.
Let’s go live out today. Let’s go leave a legacy.