In recent months, a number of national news commentators, political pundits, and historians have begun discussing what might be President Obama’s legacy when his term of office is over. Some have said the decisions he will likely make these last two years of his presidency will be influenced by the impact he thinks those decisions will have on his legacy.
Given the historic nature of his election, it is plausible President Obama is concerned about the legacy he will leave behind once out of office. I know even in my own family, we regard legacy as extremely important. The impact of the morals, values, ethics, attitudes, and behaviors we hand down to our descendants matters greatly to us, as it does with many families.
Realizing we are still in the infancy of the year 2015, this might be an opportune time to consider legacy and what imprint we wish to make on 2015. What I'm talking about does not require a New Year’s resolution but an awareness that what we do in a given day has consequences that could last far into the future. Long before December 31, 2015, we would want to realize legacy is cumulative. Absent some grand event, it is what we say and do and how we say and do on a daily basis that will define that legacy.
Early on, let us take some time to seriously consider the impact we want to have this coming year. If pondering what 2015 may bring to us, let us ponder more so what we may bring to 2015. After all, legacy will outlast the 365 days of 2015. Therefore we should give it serious thought.
Affirmation: Order my steps in thy word…Psalm 119:133