My upcoming eBook Short, Leaving a Godly Legacy Journaling for the Generations will be out in March! Since it isn’t March yet, here is an excerpt from Part 2. Thank you for following my blog. Please share with your friends. Blessings!
Charles Swindoll, an evangelical Christian pastor and author, says there are two reasons for leaving a legacy. Reason one is forgetfulness and reason two is, “It’s not about us, it’s about God working through us for His glory.”
Reason one… forgetfulness.
It’s important to start NOW. You aren’t getting any younger!
James Dobson, an evangelist, Christian pastor and author says, “About the time your face clears up (acne) your mind gets fuzzy.”
- Human Forgetfulness
God wants us to remember the good, the bad and the ugly. Swindoll says, “Human forgetfulness is compounded in times of transition, especially times accompanied by crisis or conflict, but it’s just at those times that we need to remember.” https://www.insight.org/resources/article-library/individual/creating-a-legacy-preparing-the-stones
When I started writing seriously in 2005, I began with Chicken Soup for the Soul. This anthology gives a lot of information as to the type of stories they want for the many different titles they offer. I chose to write a story for their New Mom’s Soul book.
While studying their categories of where my story could possibly go, I began to realize that my memory wasn’t as good as it used to be. Panic soon set in and I thought, “Oh! I don’t want to forget all the cute, adorable things that my kids said.” I began keeping a journal.
My journal allowed my mind to flow through the previous day’s activities. Journaling was a mundane process at first, but after a while I found myself paying closer attention to my kids and all the things they said. Thus, began my consistent journaling.
Recently I came across author Michael Hyatt’s journaling template. His template walks you through journaling about yesterday and today’s upcoming activities. https://www.evernote.com/shard/s12/sh/fb555f37-da89-4ac2-b46e-0fbd35118ef9/a374bdaefcafae82. This is only one of many examples of journaling and the forms your journaling can take.
- It’s not about us.
Reason two… “It’s not about us, it’s about God working through us for His glory.” (Swindoll) What a humbling statement, “It’s not about us.” This is very true and to the point. Nothing in the world is about us. This is an understood declaration for Christians. We need to be humble. Becoming humble will help you realize that all amazing and unexpected things are from God. It’s our responsibility to share these things with others (not just immediate family). What takes place in our lives might help others to experience the same goodness from God. Leaving your legacy for future generations will help ensure the retelling and reliving by each new generation to come.
I’m so exciting that this eBook Short is almost ready! I’ll be in touch. May God bless your day.