Have you ever wondered how you will be remembered? What legacy will you leave for your children? Will your life have a lasting impact on the ones that you leave behind and the generations to follow?
This Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of my grandmother’s passing. She was the matriarch of our family, thanks to her quiet and loving service and her strong faith that you could not help but admire. She was a gentle force that held our family together.
My grandmother left a legacy for me and my family, not of possessions, but of character and faith.
Because of the time that she invested in each of us, aspects of her character can be traced through the generations, all the way down to my children who never had the chance to meet her.
For example, I can see my grandmother’s affectionate manner and her appreciation for the beauty in the world around us in my dad, me and even my son.
I can see her hospitality and servant’s attitude in my aunt and her family. I can see her tender, loving heart in my uncles and their children.
I can see her sentimentality in all of us.
If each member of my family were like pieces to a puzzle and you flipped us over so the side that reflected her was showing, you could put the pieces together and have a pretty full picture of who my grandmother was.
While it is comforting to know that parts of my grandmother’s personality live on through her descendants, by far the most significant thing that she handed down to us was her faith in God.
As a matter of fact, my grandmother’s legacy does not rely only on blood relation, but is also carried on by the many people she shared her faith with.
My grandmother’s legacy is really only part of a much larger one, the legacy of Christ. In the same way that my family reflects my grandmother, she reflected Christ, as do all who follow Him.
As mothers, we have the amazing ability to pass something on to the next generation. We raise children that will be tomorrow’s parents and leaders, and in our children we pass on bits of ourselves and the mothers and fathers who came before us.
In what ways do we want them to share our likeness? Can we leave them something that transcends our lives and impacts all eternity?
Speaking of a virtuous and capable wife and mother, Proverbs 31:28 concludes, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”
I often think of this verse when reflecting on my grandmother because that is how we responded to her death.
As it turns out, my grandmother’s passing happened to come on my birthday. I don’t think this is sad, and I don’t think it is a coincidence.
It is a way that my grandmother lives on in me, and more importantly, it is a reminder that she is in a better place, where one day I hope to join her so we can celebrate together.
“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28