Last week, John Wooden, legendary basketball player and coach died. It's hard to pick up a paper in Indiana or turn on the radio without hearing someone talk about him. From all accounts, he lived his 99 years well...leaving a strong legacy...not only as a coach who pulled the best from others...but a man of faith.
Then I heard on K-LOVE that Dana Key from DeGarmo and Key died. Another man who left a legacy by playing a role in changing the face of contemporary Christian music.
It's got me thinking. What's the legacy I will leave?
We're not guaranteed another moment. All we know we have is right now. So what are we doing with it? What am I doing with it?
I often feel like I live with a sense of urgency...probably because of that unknowing. God could grant me another 60 years here...or it could be another 60 minutes. And when I ponder, I wonder what will people say when I'm heaven bound. Will Eric say I was a good wife, the helpmate he needed for this life? Will my kids acknowledge that while I wasn't perfect I was a good mom who loved them deeply? What legacy will I leave in my community? The circles God's placed me in?
Am I doing the right things? The most important things? Will I leave a legacy like John Wooden? one where my faith shines through in such a way that even non-believers acknowledge its presence in my life? His presence in my life?
A few questions I'm pondering this week...
Here's an interesting article about one barrier in sports John Wooden knocked down.