I was at a funeral today and it took me back to the fire inside me that burns to leave a legacy and an impact when I leave this world. I think a lot of times we wait till we are older to start thinking about these things, but I promise you that it is very to early to visualize and work toward that legacy.
Jamie Allen said in her book 40 Days to Finding Your Purpose that when she leaves this earth she wants to meet the Lord out of breath. That spoke so directly to me. I am not the kind to sit back and let life happen. I am out there getting it and I assume if this title caught your attention that you are that person too.
How do you know what your legacy will be?
I guess the funny thing is that you will never know the extent of your impact; the lives you touched, the change you made. But to be on the journey that lasts forever is a really exciting thing. It never ends. I think about Rita Pierson, she gave the famous speech Every Child Needs a Champion on TED. She is leaving a legacy through her work as a teacher. She cares for the children who do not have the support and encouragement that they need.
How can I leave a legacy while I am still in school?
It is hard to stand out in a crowd. It is hard to find strength or confidence to step up, but when you are in high school and college is the perfect time. The first thing that you need to do know what gives you the feels. What makes you cry? What inspires you so much that you are willing to step outside your comfort zone? Some of the biggest legacy builders are those that have started a non-profit or put themselves in a position to help others. You legacy starts here. And it may just be something as simple as sitting with the kid who is alone at lunch. It may mean visiting your grandma and taking care of her as she ages. I do not know what your legacy is, but you do.
My point in all of this is that it is not too late and it is not too early. Even if you are 7! I want to encourage you to search for your passion. Think about the impact that you want to have on the world. Visualize what that looks like. Visualize what that feels like. You are at the beginning of your legacy today and I cannot wait to see what legacy you leave!
Do you already know what your legacy is?