One Thing about Legacy

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“What kind of legacy do you hope to leave your children?” Darla paused, then continued. “What if the only thing your descendants knew about you was what you posted on social media?”

Her words resonated deeply, and I stared at her wide-eyed as Darla proceeded, “What if all they remembered about you was what you shared with virtual friends? Would they see despair or hope? Fear or faith? Social hysteria or eternal truth?”

Ever since this discussion, I’ve spent time mulling over these questions. Just what is the theme of my posts? Pets, desserts, and politics have their place, but these are temporary (Mark 13:31). Family and friends come closer to significance, but in fifty years, what changes will occur? Governments, countries, and situations may have changed, but only God will remain the same (Hebrews 13:8). He is the only real constant in our lives.

Our Father has graciously simplified our response to every life-changing event. “Only a few things are necessary,” our Lord told Martha, “really only one” (Luke 10:42). Years earlier, King David had grappled with this laser focus. “One thing I have asked from the Lord,” David said, “that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).

I pray this would be my one thing.

Maybe even as I scroll through media feeds, I need to pinpoint my attention. Realizing that building a legacy takes singularity of focus, I need to raise my chin to look upward in His Face, rather than my eyebrow to look down on this world. Some video clips may need to remain unwatched, and some articles unclicked. I’d rather leave a legacy of prayerful hope than passionate pessimism.

Father,

Thank You that You never give up on me. You are always drawing me toward Your everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Even when I am distracted or fearful, Your magnetism never stops drawing me near (John 6:44).

I know that the way to keep my way pure is to keep it according to Your Word (Psalm 119:9). Yet, life happens, and I wander away from sitting with You in silence (Psalm 119:10). Teach me to value the time I wait before You, continually stirring my desire to be with You, as Friend is to friend.

Open my eyes, Father Friend, to experience truth every time I open Your book (Psalm 119:18). May Your Word be an extension of Your life-source to me, not just words on a page (Deuteronomy 32:47; Hebrews 4:12). When I am afraid, strengthen me according to Your Word (Psalm 119:28). When I am joyful, lead me into praise (Psalm 119:47). When I feel overwhelmed with busyness, enlarge my heart for more Spirit-room (Psalm 119:32). Grant me a singular focus that my legacy would simply be You (Psalm 145:4). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.