The legacies we leave behind – Hope 103.2

The legacies we leave behind

By David ReayTuesday 17 Dec 2013LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-3

1 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others,who need to bring you letters of recommendation,or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! 2 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 3 Clearly,you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink,but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone,but on human hearts. (NLT)

We may or may not leave behind a lot of money or property or possessions. But we inevitably leave behind a more intangible legacy: the way we have shaped the lives of others. Paul sees his Corinthians readers as a sort of legacy of his faithful ministry.

And we dare not assume that what we bequeath to those who follow us arises out of grand gestures or great deeds or well-known achievements. These may matter and do much good. Yet for most of us what we leave behind are memories of various acts of kindness,taking the time to listen,being available when needed. Nothing to hit the headlines but a legacy nonetheless.

Every good deed and encouraging word has the power to change the life of another person. We may never know about this change. Those who make legal wills by definition don’t get to live to see how it helps the beneficiaries.

But we don’t need to know,we just need to trust that what we do and say matters. The mark that a man or a woman makes on this world is most often a trail of faithful love,quiet mercies,and unknown kindnesses.

David Reay