Legacy of a life well lived

23 Feb

January was the one year anniversary of my Mom’s death.  My Dad also passed away in September, 2010. Mom was 91 and Dad was nearly 96, so they lived a long life. We are sure about their entrance into Heaven with God because they were believers in Jesus’ sacrifice for them.  So, though I am parent-less now I don’t really grieve them.  They were not happy in their health situation since they had taken turns being in and out of the hospital over the last few years.  Mom was unhappy about being “old” and not able to travel anymore.  Dad was unhappy after Mom died because they had been married for 71 years and he missed her.

Speaking of traveling, they loved to travel and had been literally all over the world!  I was a benefactor of some of those vacations, having been to Hawaii, eastern and western Canada, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Germany, Switzerland, Germany and many states in the U. S.  I am thankful for the opportunities to travel with them on these trips as a teenager!

But, I guess the thing that stands out in my mind about the funerals for both of them was the legacy they left for all of us.  The qualities of honesty, duty to country and family, keeping your word, being frugal (except for their vacations) and a quiet faith in God were hallmarks of their lives.  As I worked a sales territory in the area where my Dad had also worked as an agronomist, people who knew him would tell me what a fine quality person he was.

Have you ever thought what people would say if you were to pass away tomorrow?  What kind of a legacy am I leaving for Carol, my kids and those around me?  What is the main purpose of my life and do people know my purpose from the way I live?  Do people see Jesus when they look at the actions of my life?  These are questions for all of us to ponder.  Psalm 90:12 says:  “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”  Compared to all eternity, we are here but an instant.  Living 70 or 90 years on this Earth is really nothing compared to living eternally with our Father in Heaven.  Lord, let me live life well, gain wisdom and live for your glory and not mine.

Ralph and June Kunze



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One Response to “Legacy of a life well lived”

  1. Don Skinner-Noble February 23, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Gary,
    What a statement of faith and a testament to the lives lived well of your parents!

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