Leaving a Legacy

Karen Bables

READ : Psalm 23

The Promise: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (v. 6)

Have you ever seen the drawing often used to explain optical illusions? Look at it one way and you see an old hag; look hard at it another way and you see a beautiful girl. Something similar happened recently as I recited this psalm (a bedtime ritual) and came to verse 6. First, I connected with the traditional meaning: because God loves me, I will find goodness and mercy everywhere he takes me. I can expect to be showered with love and blessings for all eternity.

Then, suddenly, I saw a new meaning. Could this phrase also mean that as I live in God’s kingdom, I can expect to leave a legacy of goodness and mercy behind me? Is this another way of saying I am blessed to be a blessing (see Gen. 12:1-3)?

If so, how can I intentionally partner with the Holy Spirit to create that legacy? I can daily surrender my thoughts, feelings, agendas, relationships, and dreams to God. I can look deeply at the life of Jesus and respond to the world around me as he did. I can create islands of silence and solitude in every day so I can radiate the love I have absorbed. I can live in the land of reconciliation and forgiveness—making amends instead of holding grudges.

How wonderful to be graced with goodness and mercy and also to leave a trail of goodness and mercy!


Help me to be the aroma of Christ in my world.