31 Grace-full Days: Day 24 – Legacy

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20

I read that this morning and it made me think just a little bit. We work and work for material possessions. Houses, cars, furniture, clothes, jewelry. We tend to be proud of our financial accomplishments. But really,

He who dies with the most toys doesn’t win.

According to the wisdom in this Psalm, you can have all the money in the world, but if you lack understanding, you’re just going to perish.

Well really, we are all going to perish, right? I mean, we all are going to die. But perish… what does “perish” really mean?

According to Merriam-Webster, to perish is to be destroyed; to cease to exist. I don’t know about you, but when I die, I want some piece of me to live on. I don’t want all of me to cease to exist. I want something of me – the down deep character part of me – to exist and live on. I want my life to have mattered.

I want the people I touch, my family especially, to remember me. I want them to remember that I cared, I loved, I touched. I want those that I work with to remember that I gave, I fought, I cared.

I cared.

That seems to be a running theme in my life these days. At work, I want to care. For my family, I want to care. For my friends, I want to care.

Caring takes time.

It takes an investment in listening and seeking to understand. And it takes an investment in time; the kind of time where you put other demands aside and focus your attention on others. That’s a tall order in our non-stop, perpetually connected world.

So how do we do it? How do we leave a legacy? How do we choose the important over the urgent? How do we put aside what’s pulling our attention to focus on what’s really important?

I’d be lying if I told you that it was easy. I struggle to focus on my husband, my children, my friendships. I find that many times I am preoccupied with other stuff… stuff that matters, stuff that doesn’t. Okay… most of it matters. I mean really, it all matters in some way.

It’s a choice I’ve decided. And it’s something that I am working on. Day by day, week by week. Small choices that eventually lead to building character that I want to become a part of my everyday-ness. Because in the end, I want to leave a mark, an imprint, a piece of me that helps others. And maybe, they will do the same.

I’m choosing daily. I miss it many times, but my heart is there. Thank God for grace.

This post is installment #24 of a 31 day writing challenge.  You can read the rest of my posts here:

Day oneDay twoDay three, Day four, Day five, Day sixDay sevenDay eightDay nineDay tenDay 11Day 12Day 13Day 14Day 15Days 16/17Days 18/19, Day 20Day 21Day 22Day 23

One Comment on “31 Grace-full Days: Day 24 – Legacy

  1. I believe that through understanding, compassion grows. I believe that with compassion, world peace can and will be obtained. It starts with understanding. 🙂 🙂 Great Blog. LOVE IT!!

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