As I’ve been thinking about my approach to this blog and how I want to continue planning content, one of the things I keep thinking about is how everything should tie back to legacy. For me, the idea is that we must live our lives keeping the end in mind. What is the message you want your life to speak?
So how do you actually live that out?
How do you actually put this kind of lifestyle into practice? It can’t be easy to live with the end in mind, right?
Well, in some respects, it isn’t easy. It’s not easy to set aside your personal wants and desires. It’s not easy to always live with the bigger picture in mind.
But, I’m here to tell you that it is possible. It’s possible to spend your days living out your legacy! Here’s how I do it. Hopefully, some of these things will help you figure out how to live our your legacy in the everyday moments.
1. Start your first moments with God
I used to believe that I could have my quiet time whenever I wanted in the day, calling that my “best time.” What I realized quickly was that my “best time” never came once I became a parent. It was only when I got up early, started my day in the Word that I was actually able to hear from God. This helps me keep legacy on my mind each and every day.
2. Choose your attitude for the day
Something I’ve started to realize is that I get to make a choice. Will I be angry when things don’t go my way? Or will I choose to find the positive in the moment? Will I respond in love? I want all my moments to be covered in love and grace. It’s not always easy, and I’m certainly far from perfect. But keeping love on my mind helps me respond a little better each day.
3. Consider the outcomes
Every action has an outcome. Every choice has a result. When you think through the results that will happen, it changes the way in which you act. When I’m faced with several options, I want to make sure I am making choices that will help me leave behind the legacy missed a day or two and I can keep going. I am not starting over. I’ve just learned that I want to leave.
4. Remember that failure isn’t really failure
Here’s the thing. We all think that failure means it’s over. All done. Can’t do it right. But that’s not true. I realized through my workouts that missing one or two days (or a week from illness) doesn’t mean I failed. Missing a day or two means I learned something that doesn’t work. And from that point, I can choose to keep going from where I left off. Or I can give up. Choosing to believe that missing a day isn’t failure, it’s easier to keep on going.
5. Spend some time planning your legacy
I don’t do this every day. But I have spent time with God, praying about my legacy. Dreaming about my legacy. Considering the things I want to pass down. And then I think about the ways that I can pass on those character traits. Those habits. Those lifestyle choices. And I make a mental plan for how to actually carry out those things daily. Or weekly. Or monthly. I have to recognize that not every legacy is not carried out daily. Sometimes these things may happen occasionally. Sometimes those things happen daily. Recognize that that’s okay. That’s normal and to be expected!
I want you to be able to live out your legacy too!
Because I think this is so important, I’ve been working on some resources for you! Today, I’ve got a download that will expand on some of the ideas I’ve shared with you here. It will also have some questions to help you think about how you can think about your legacy on a daily basis. I would love to hear what you do to live out your legacy on a daily basis. Would you leave a comment on the blog, or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know?