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The story of our life matters and will live on after we’re gone. And while most days we focus on just making it through, we have a responsibility to build our legacy as well.

Like footprints in the sand, we all make an impact on the world around us. We all leave a legacy.

But often our legacy is not something we intentionally consider.

Perhaps we assume our life doesn’t matter. Or maybe we focus simply on meeting the expectations of others that we don’t consider the unique impact of our own story.

Whatever the case, when we don’t purposefully build our legacy we’re setting ourselves up for many regrets later. We look back over our life and realize many missed opportunities to make a meaningful difference.

Building our legacy is not about gaining social status or professional credentials. It’s about serving those around us – providing shoulders for them to stand on as they grow into their better.

What values, wisdom, and ways of being do we want to pass on?

We can start by reflecting on the legacies we admire and that have made a difference in our own life. And considering the needs of our family and communities is another good starting point.

Wherever we start we must examine our own life. What is our current impact on the lives around us and is this the gift we want to leave them?

We get to craft our legacy and how our story will be told after us.

And this is how we serve our communities today and future generations tomorrow – passing on important truths and examples of goodness.

Don’t neglect your responsibility and live with regrets. Build your legacy and make a lasting difference in your life and relationships.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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