As 2022 was drawing to a close, God began pointing me in a new direction. For the duration of my writing life since 2012, I have written words of encouragement, worked to deepen my faith and hopefully yours, and shared real life in the context of who God is and who He says we are.
Every year as the calendar flips to a new year, God encourages me to consider what it looks like to live equipped and empowered. Not just to make it through the day, but to know that God is the source of our strength. He is the key to living intentional and full lives.
In this year of pivoting, God still calls me to do all those things. The change is that my focus will center on legacy within the context of living life well.
Learning about legacy.
Growing a legacy.
Leaving a legacy.
How God grows us as individuals to create an overflow of His abundance to share with others.
The beauty of this is that it’s not really a pivot. I pray that everything I do, say, and write leads others to Him. Isn’t that what legacy is all about?
I am learning one of the reasons that God chose the word freedom for me this year was to surrender to Him and to intentionally choose to live my life well.
Boarding the freedom train will show my children and grandchildren the importance of letting go to achieve true freedom in Christ. That’s a gift I pray I instill in my family.
What is Legacy?
God has equipped and empowered each of us to live the story of our lives. How we choose to live our lives and reflect God’s love is all part of our legacy.
So how do we define legacy?
Leaving a legacy means giving something that will be valued and treasured by those who survive after your death. (Source unknown)
Legacy is leaving a piece of who you are and your journey with God to your loved ones. (My definition)
Years ago when my sons were getting ready to go to high school, I hoped they would apply to a local, prestigious all-boys high school. I remember that a part of the application process was naming your legacy. In other words, who in your family had gone to this high school?
The good news is that my dad and all four of my brothers had gone to this high school so I felt confident in this “legacy” for my sons.
Neither of my sons ended up choosing this high school for a lot of different reasons. Recalling this story and sharing it with you is proof that legacy means all kinds of things to all of us.
The lesson I learned from this is that choosing to follow in the same footsteps as the ones who have gone before you is not a necessity when leaving your legacy.
The Equipped and Empowered Life
Living intentionally, remaining present to what is happening right now, and choosing contentment over the things you cannot control is legacy.
God calls us to live equipped and empowered lives. He also provides exactly what we need in order to live a life that honors Him.
As I was sending out my newsletter last week, I shared that there is no magic formula to living a life that creates a lasting legacy. It is all God-driven. But we ultimately decide how we live, who we live for, and what we leave behind.
I want to assure you that you might not notice any difference in my writing at all as I reframe my focus.
You may see a new hashtag #legacyofferings.
Maybe my posts will draw you into living your life well.
Maybe I will specifically focus on ways to create a legacy.
God knows what my future writing will hold.
I know that God is calling me to reach out to my readers to equip and empower them to live intentionally and fully in whatever stage of life they are in.
Why? Because God wants to empower me to do the same for myself.
Maybe it’s based on the sense that I am closer to the end than the beginning.
Maybe it’s from a place of my deep love for my grands and my kids.
Or it might be because God continues to advance my story so I can do the same for you.
The reason does not matter as much as the One who is leading me forward in my writing.
I’ve left you all with a lot to ponder. You may have more questions than answers in your current stage of life. Or you may still be living in the overwhelmed season of life.
Let’s walk this out together. Let’s call upon God when the days are long but the years are short. He can’t wait to walk with you.
Empowering and equipping women to live life well!
Here’s another post that shares more of my own journey. Click HERE.
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