My alarm chimed at 5:15 a.m yesterday to remind me that I had promised to drive to Thomaston, Georgia for the day. My husband of 32 years grew up there and his Dad, Don Page was going to be the speaker of the week at the local Kiwanis Club. I was really glad I was able to be there to hear my father-in-law tell about his life's mission of serving others. At nearly 84 years of age, after a tumultuous, impoverished upbringing, Don rose above to be the first in his family to attend college, followed by Law School at the University of Georgia. As I listened to this brief talk, I considered the strong legacy Donald A. Page, Sr. has built for his children, his grandchildren and future generations-one of service, kindness, godliness and love.
As I drove home alone in silence, I pondered the challenge of leaving a positive legacy when we pass on. I often repeat the anonymous quote: "This isn't a dress rehearsal. We only get one chance at this life." What kind of legacy do you and I want to leave? I find myself invited by Don to rise up, to live the best life possible while there is still sand in the hour glass.
I hope you'll check out one of my favorite songs about this subject: Nichole Nordeman's "Legacy"