Legacy narratives are the stories you tell of the events of your lifetime that you wish to pass on to future generations.
Many people are using their later years to write their legacy narratives often with the help of self-publishers who can print their writings in a professional format as a beautiful keepsake for children and grandchildren.
I know that my grandmother was ahead of the curve on this one, and wrote Gramma Speaks Her Piece more than 30 years ago, and we in our family still often refer to something that she mentioned in that book.
Why is this so popular now? My feeling is that people are sensing that younger generations are not as aware of their pasts as they used to be, and there is a driving urge to leave something of meaningful value to others that can help them in their lives.
We as Christians can jump on the legacy narratives bandwagon in a special way by relating stories of how Christ has brought us through struggles and difficulties in our lives and how Christ has shown us God’s will and way for us when we often were not even looking in that direction.
I am reminded that the Gospels themselves are a kind of legacy narrative. They tell the story of how Christ came into the lives of four different people: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And they tell what each of them wanted future generations to know about the Lord and Savior of their lives.
I always love these verses from John 20:30-31:
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
We don’t need to tell everything in our own legacy narratives, but we do need to tell the things that are most important in life so that all may believe in Christ and see him as the center of their own life stories.
Consider starting work on your legacy narrative today.