Friday, March 27, 2009

Leaving A Legacy

I attended the funeral yesterday of the brother of a dear friend of mine. My friend's brother, Garold, was 70 years old. It was an incredible service and testimony to his life and the impact he had on others.

During the service, Garold's 17 grand kids got up and sang together as a tribute to their grampa. I am guessing that they ranged in age from 6 to 18 years of age. As soon as I looked at them, I could tell there was something different about this group. They appeared to be very well-mannered, very loving and very pleased to be serving in this capacity during the funeral. Their song was oneof the most beautiful things I had ever heard. It was if they had been practicing their whole lives for this moment.

I thought of how this differs from how I would have treated this situation when I was that age--that is the last thing I would have wanted to do. I also was struck by how different this was when contrasted to our society as a whole (I envisioned kids giggling and acting like this is "dumb").

That's when it hit me. What I was witnessing was what it means to leave a legacy. Garold had truly left a legacy in his family...and beyond. Had he chosen a different path other than following God with all his heart, I wondered how different the lives of these children who were singing would be. But because he chose to follow God and intentionally pass it on, he multiplied himself...he left an incredible legacy.

Garold's brother emailed me before the funeral and talked about what a blessing it was to grow up in such a Christ-centered family. He said there was an awesome inter-generational interaction in which values were passed down to those younger. Then he said this:

Now I find myself in the position of having only 2 living older males in my family...and that just doesn't seem possible. What that seems to mean for me is that more and more "the baton is being handed off to me" to have a greater responsibility for positively affecting the future generations of our family.
Very well said. That sums up the overwhelming feeling I had yesterday (and still today) as well. The responsibility we have to our families and beyond is great!

Carpe Diem!

2 comments:

Bob Tamasy said...

Jim,
This morning, for some reason, I decided to Google my own name and see what was listed. Among the links was one to your blog, in which you referenced in 2008 an article I had written on "waiting." I just stumbled across it, but thanks for the honor of being mentioned.
I see that we have several points in common, including a love for God, a heart for business and leadership, and also an affinity for the OSU Buckeyes. (I received two degrees in journalism from Ohio State in 1970 and 1971.)
I am the VP of Communications for a non-profit, ministry called Leaders Legacy (we are currently revamping our web site, www.leaderslegacy.com), and have a blog of my own -- www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
Good to make your acquaintance!

Jim Lange said...

Bob, it is so good to hear from you, especially since you are such a good Buckeye! Thanks for checking in and it is good to meet you!