Posted in: Digidisciple– January 22, 2016
On Monday,11th January; one of my musical heroes passed away. David Bowie was an inspirational character … what I loved about him was his creativity and innovation, and how he could reinvent himself so many times. That was what made him so very special and unique. We use words like “genius” and “legend” too glibly these days … he was both a genius and a legend.
During last week I listened to my favourite albums of his … I am particularly fond of his “Berlin Trilogy” (written & recorded before everyone here was born) … and gave his most recent album – Black Star – a good going over. He left on a high, in my opinion, with Black Star being up there with his very best work.
Bowie left a tremendous legacy. He has recorded and released music that will stand the test of time … that is if we quietly ignore “Dancing in the Streets”.
This got me thinking about the legacy I will leave when I go. What will I be known for
Will I be known for my work as a Business Analyst, Photographer or Graphic Designer? Will my record label and/or my podcast be what folks recall?
Will I be also known for being a good husband and father … and a caring friend?
Well, to be honest, I hope so. I hope the work that I do and the relationships I hold will point to a life well lived.
But more than that, I hope my behaviour will be remembered
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (reading from the New International Version) says this:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
I want this to be my legacy: I want to be remembered as someone who loved … someone who was patient and kind … someone who didn’t envy, didn’t boast, and wasn’t proud … someone honourable who wasn’t self-seeking or easily angered … someone who protected others, trusted, hoped and persevered.
I’ve got a lot of ground to cover before this can be said of me … as my daughters will testify to … but I have a goal to aim for and will gladly enjoy the “joyful effort” as one of my Buddhist. Friends calls the work required to change oneself.
What will be your legacy?
Let’s simplify things for a moment … let me reframe this for you: What do you want people to think about you when you leave their company? As you walk out of the room … what do you want the folks you were with to think?
“Thank goodness he’s gone?”
“Oh my goodness, all she talks about is herself … how boring?”
It is never too early to think about your legacy … but it can be too late. Use the verses quoted as a guide for your life. Do all you can to build each other up for we are known as followers of Jesus by our love for one another and for our neighbours.