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Shelly Calcagno is a Family Ministry Pastor from the Niagara Region of Canada. She loves to write, develop curriculum, speak, and is the author of a fun children’s book called Tini’s Tangles. Shelly enjoys being creative and loves a good DIY project from Pinterest, especially if mason jars and chalkboard...

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  1. Wow, Shelly this is a sweet and sobering reminder that I’m working on my legacy every. single. day. that God gives me. I already know that my kids are going to laugh at me for the habit of asking too many questions when we’re trying to watch a movie . . .
    But even in our ministries, we need to be conscious of the practices we are handing down, the little things we put in place to ensure that Truth is primary, but that those who come behind us will be free to express their own personality and passions through the work that is getting done. I don’t think it’s ever too early to start thinking about the future.

  2. “I’ll be honest: I can’t dwell on that too much because it breaks my heart. I think of how much I love my kids and how what we have right now won’t be forever. I think of my extended family and friends. I think of those I mentor and lead. I can’t be part of the next five generations that come after me. They will go on and live their lives. And their kids will live their lives, and on it goes. I’ll have some influence for sure, and I totally plan on being the coolest woman ever in the senior’s facility, living all my minutes to the fullest.”

    When I read this I honestly thought I could have written it!! I have felt this way so many times and have wondered what will the message be in the generations to come with my children’s children and their children. I know teaching kindness and compassion, a belief and hope in humanity’s ability to see beyond themselves, and a focus on a true and faithful God while bestowing gifts of life and love will truly persevere but ONLY if we are constant examples of this and living it out in our lives. Thank you for speaking into this concept of Legacy and emphasizing how VITAL it is to our lives and our “future” lives. I too hope to be one of the coolest women if I’m ever in a senior’s facility!

  3. Yes! Such an important reminder and a game changer. I do need to start ensuring my words and actions are predominately (as I’m certainly not perfect by any means) ones I am proud of to impart to my children and the next generation. Starting to live my legacy now…

    Thank you!

  4. Shelly,

    This reminds me of a poem “The Dash”. I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the “beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars..the house…the cash. What matters is how we lived
    and loved and how we spend our dash. We must leave a good legacy. Even though I don’t have kids I still want to leave a good impression on people’s minds & hearts. May they know someone who truly cared for them. Most importantly I want to hear “well done thou good & faithful servant” from God.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. This is a wonderful encouragement and reminder.

    And Shelly, is it really you? Either you share the name and are a look-alike to someone I went to church with long ago (at Faith Tabernacle), or I’ve just found an old friend (don’t take that personally), who’s busy writing for Incourage and doing lots of other fun and meaningful things!

    So nice to see you doing things you love and sharing them to build up others around you. Blessings on your work and ministry!
    🙂