Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our Legacy




As we get up each morning and follow our routines, or lack of ones, and go about our days methodically and with purpose, or haphazardly, as the case may be -- do we ever stop and think about the legacy we are creating for our children??  I was challenged to ponder that idea this morning when I read Mrs. White's excellent blog post, entitled Creating Home Life.

The time our children are with us in our homes is as fleeting as the handful of yard-flowers with dangling roots picked by a chubby little hand and offered to us with great devotion.  Before we know it, our children will be grown and gone and making their own way in the world.  What will define their memories of home??  Will the atmosphere that we created be a magnet that draws them home?  Or, will it turn out the opposite way, and become the very thing that repels them?

Will they remember a grumpy mom who stumbled about in her bathrobe until noon, grumbling and complaining about her disheveled house, and wondering what on earth to throw together for dinner??  Or will they have fond memories of a neatly dressed mother, who took joy in her children and worked cheerfully and willingly doing her housework, not to create a show place, but to create a haven for her family?  Will they remember running through the drive through for fast food most nights of the week, or will they remember a mother who gave of her time and energy to prepare delicious and nutritious meals and treats for her family, friends, and those in need in her cozy kitchen?

Of course, we all have bad days and even difficult seasons when we are not at our best, but it is our responsibility as mothers and home managers to create a peaceful, loving, joyful home life for those we love.  Day by day we are creating our legacy.  What kind of legacy will it be?

8 comments:

Donna G. said...

Very thought provoking. I think I inherited the grumpiness gene from both sides of my family. I am aware of it, and I'm working on it.

You hit the nail on the head when you said the time the kids are with us is fleeting!

tlmalcolm said...

And it is fun to see your adult children continue some of the traditions you created and also nice to see the new ones they establish for themselves! And yes, the time of childhood speeds by oh so fast!!

Jessica said...

What a great thing to think about! I know I often get caught up in what needs to be done and getting it done.

I don't want them to remember me or home as a place where mom was always worried about everything being in its place, so on and so forth.

Rebecca's Refining said...

Thanks for the "gentle" reminder! It is so easy to waste those precious moments with our children, and yet how important it is that we don't! Thanks for always encouraging me to be more God-focused in my life! Love you!

Charlotte Siems said...

We get so focused on the daily grind and the mess it makes that it's easy to forget the truth. Great reminder!

Julie said...

I saw the comment you left on my blog and I thought I would be easier to respond to you here : ) All of the dish cloths pictured feel about the same in your hand. They are slightly larger before washing and drying (they are 100% cotton) so they aren't really overly big. The Scalloped ones would be the lightest because of the holes in them. The others are slightly more dense. Does that make sense?

Gayle said...

I followed a link to your blog from another friend, and have been reading now for a 1/2 hour!
What a great encouragement. I love finding like minded women in Blogland. Nice to meet you!

Stam House said...

Love this post! Praying that I would makes wonderful memories for our little one!

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