Legends are stories that are told over a beer or around a campfire.
Legacies are lives that made an impact and continue to influence even after that person is gone.
Legends are stories of times gone by. Good memories or painful ones. We share legends = laughs, tears, flashbacks, etc.
Legacies are a different story. Legacies are molded and shaped by people. But that is not all. Legacies keep going and going. What we must remember is this: what KIND OF LEGACY we are building is vital to our family, our friends, and our communities. Our legacies begin now. We cannot CHANGE the past. We cannot CHANGE what family members planted into our family trees years ago.
But we can change the future.
This is why we ask questions of ourselves...What is healthy in our family tree? (let's call it "fruit")What is dead/negative in our family tree? (let's call it "dead branches")Think of your last time at an orchard. Look at the healthy fruit trees. The workers will pluck the fruit off the tree/prune the branches/and chop down dead trees.Sound familiar?
Look at John 15 in the Bible.....Jesus is talking about remaining in him and we will be fruitful. He talks about being planted in him. He also talks about how difficult it will be apart from him. He uses a tree analogy.What is your family tree planted on? When you die.....what values and principles will your spouse, children, or grand-children carry on when you are gone from this Earth?
When you gather for the holidays, what traditions are you creating? There is nothing wrong with traditions if they bear fruit. If you are doing them just to keep people (especially family) happy, then you need to pray about why you keep doing this particular tradition.
What branches need pruned?
What needs to end in your family? Is there negativity from your parents or relatives that is ALL the time? Was there abuse in your family? Remember...abuse comes in different forms: physical, sexual, mental, and spiritual.Basically--What is NOT HEALTHY in your family tree that should STOP and not continue?
Prune it.You must prune the deadness to experience God's best for you. You can experience blessings amidst the deadness....but the deadness will continue to linger in your heart until it is addressed.
Pray to Jesus.
Simply.You don't need a fancy prayer. Just be real.
What gives you life when you are with family and friends? What tears you down?After prayer....you can address your legacy with clearer vision.WHAT WILL YOU BUILD ???