If you saw the animated film The Lion King, you probably recall the song “The Circle of Life.” For the film, of course, the idea was that when you die your body nourishes the earth so that flowers and plants can grow to provide for the next generation.

When it comes to real life, those of us who call ourselves Christians must consider more than just what happens to our bodies when we go. We must consider more than what we will leave to our children or the success of our business lives. We must consider the Spiritual legacy that we will leave behind for the next generation.

We all have different talents and roles – different ways in which we pass our talents and knowledge on to the next generation. So, please don’t compare yourselves to others and think your contribution is less (or more) valuable than the type of contribution others make based on their talents and opportunities. Just be sure you that you leave something positive behind.

I am reminded by the recent passing of Mr. Ronald Dart that I need to think every day about what will be left behind when my time comes. 

Ron and Allie Dart

Ron and Allie Dart

Ron, along with his wife, Allie, served multiple generations, side by side, preaching and teaching like a modern day Aquila and Priscilla.  

There remains mountains of literature (papers and books and booklets and Sabbath school lessons), hours and hours of audio and video lessons, decades of memories of family-oriented feasts to testify to Ron’s love of preaching and teaching and available to nourish future generations. 

My legacy and your legacy may not be available in hard copy print, in CD or DVD format, or online like Ron’s when we are gone, but, hopefully, we will leave a nourishing legacy just the same. 

There cannot be a circle of life if we don’t close the loop. We close the loop by leaving something behind to nourish the future generations. If I leave nothing behind, then I leave that circle unfinished and my life will have served less than it could have. A worse case would be if what I leave behind is not nourishing, or is actually toxic. In that case, someone after me will have to go through the work of breaking that circle and tearing out of the cancerous legacy. I don’t want that.

As I reflect on Ron’s legacy, I’ll be asking myself if what I leave behind will be nourishing to the next generation; if it will be a work filled with love; if it will be one that passes on positive education and spiritual insight. 

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About the N.E.W. Church Lady – She is just an average middle aged woman who has been a believer and church attender all her life. She is married with three grown children. She lives in a small town and works in sales. Her hobbies are fitness, reading, cooking, writing and travel.