My granddaughter is a very thoughtful person and a brilliant educator. In a recent conversation, she said, “When we come to visit this summer, I want my children to listen to your life stories. They know very few who have two sets of living great grandparents.”

When you reach the age where you are living life on the banks of the eternal river, it is time to ask what legacy you are leaving, especially to your children and grandchildren or if you are fortunate enough to have them, your great-grandchildren.

Of course, all of us want to prepare a will to instruct those who follow us how we wish to have our possessions and treasures we’ve accumulated. Your family will appreciate your instructions! But what I’m thinking about today is the emotional and spiritual legacy you leave. Stop to think of the ways you can share your life with those who follow you.

One of my friends is very good with videos, and he has begun recording the memories his father has of his childhood. He’s 93 and has many entertaining experiences from growing up as a boy in South Alabama. Another more “hands-on” person I know writes in a journal every day. Her spiritual insights about life will become a treasure to those she has shepherded into knowledge and growth of the metaphysical world.

Buying an inexpensive computer and recording verbal memories or pictorial “facetime” insights can also be a creative method of recording your living history.

Thomas Carlyle is credited with saying that “history is the biography of great men’s lives.” If that is true, then you do not have to declare yourself great to share with your family or friends the insights and experiences through which you have lived.

You may create a very special memory for your child, grandchild, or great-grandchild simply by sharing your story with them. One grandparent I know has saved newspaper clippings from the day his children were born and some stories of significant events that occurred before they were born. Another passed along a family Bible in which a grandmother had recorded the ancestry of the family back to their roots in Europe.

I’m particularly interested in the spiritual journeys of the lives of my friends. As one recalls the transforming experiences we have with the living God, we may be sharing what will be a life-giving invitation for a personal and positive change. Share your story with your family and friends today. No one else is the unique person God created! Don’t let the world lose the legacy of your life.

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Dr. James E. Kilgore retired as President of the International Family Foundation and lives in Canton. His most recent book, “Living Without Limits,” was published in late 2019 and is available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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