This weekend, our family traveled out to Western PA for my wife’s 20 year high school reunion.  As part of the celebration, her class was invited to a private art show held at her high school (Greater Latrobe Senior High School).  Each year since 1938, students have selected and purchased a couple of pieces of art work for display in the halls of the high school.  The art work hangs in the halls of the school as permanent fixtures.  The artwork is a legacy left for future students and residents and visitors of the exhibit.

I was impressed that high school students would decide to save money to purchase artwork that would be left in the school as part of the Greater Latrobe School District Art Conservation Trust.

I wonder if they truly understood the legacy they were leaving behind.  The more I thought about it, the more I thought about legacy.

According to Merriam Webster’s on-line dictionary, legacy is:

1 : a gift by will especially of money or other personal property : bequest
2 : something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past <the legacy of the ancient philosophers>
What kind of legacy do I want to leave?
Sure, I want to leave my kids and grandchildren a legacy.  It would be nice to give them something they will remember.  My grandfather left me his stamp collection and his sense of humor.  I’d like to give them something like this – a financial inheritance, my baseball card collection, and even my writing.  But there’s something far more important that is worth leaving.
I want to point my family and those I come in contact with towards Christ.  When you think about it, this is really the only legacy that matters.  Money, baseball cards, blogs and books, and even artwork will not last forever.  But there is something far more important that will last for an eternity.  That’s a legacy worth leaving!
What kind of legacy are you leaving?  What legacy has been left for you?