Writing the Heroes for my Children series has gotten me thinking. Who do I want to be? What will others remember about me? How will my children see me?
Will I be the loyal one?
Will I be the crafty one?
Will I be the loving one?
These are heavy thoughts. When I retook my walk with Christ, I knew that what mattered most was what he thought of me because eternal life does not depend on any one else. But for now, while I breathe, I want to know I am leaving something behind, leaving a legacy inspired by Christ.
At this stage in my life, at 29, I hope that I have embodied these things:
- We are more than we are in high school, and we can have the world
- Friends and family come first
- Medication isn’t always the answer
- My family wasn’t perfect but we loved each other and that’s all that matters
- Work is work, and home is home
- Children are the hope of this world
- Equality does not exclude any race, gender, sexual orientation, or income level
- Pick a side, believe in a cause; apathy is the curse of this world
- There is a time to fight and a time to make peace
- Medical issues do not define you
- A life lived in Christ was a life worth wild
These are the ideals I want to leave behind. I’m not concerned if people remember that I was Program Director at 28, that I graduated with honors, that I danced a very advanced dance for my first ballroom dancing show. These are great and major accomplishments, but I can not give them to my kids. But I can leave these ideas. I can give them hope and love. My faith will pass this on as I pass on my faith to others.