I am insignificant.
I cannot name the hometown of grandmother. I don’t know the names of my great-grandparents. I could not tell you how many siblings my grandpa had. Those people are insignificant, too. Yet without them, I would not be here. They are insignificant, but important.
There are four young boys who call me “Mommy” and I matter to them. My attitude, choices, and example influence theirs. But their grandchildren will think of me in passing, if at all.
Every day I interact with more than two hundred students in my role as teacher. I matter to them, but their own children will not hear about that teacher who held their hand when they were scared or helped them learn to be a friend. I matter, but I’m insignificant.
I am insignificant, but important, influential. I will leave a legacy. We all will.
What will that legacy be?
Opa dancing on the back deck with his granddaughters creates memories of fun and silliness. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Fishing trips with Dad let you know that a favourite pastime is better when shared with someone you love. Relationships matter.
Being ridiculous and crazy and uninhibited with your children teaches that life is to be lived joyfully. Small things have a big impact.
Serving others and sacrificing for a greater purpose says that there is more to this life.
Going for that bike ride with your son fulfils the promise you made. Honour your commitments and live with integrity.
What you choose to do here may seem insignificant, but it has a lasting impact. You will leave a legacy. Intentional or not. Planned or not. Purposeful or not. We will all leave a legacy.
The legacy will go on long after we have left this earth. What will yours be?