Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I want to leave a legacy.

Today, I woke up and had the thought "I really don't want to wear that dress today". I mean, I'm kind of tired of this dressing cute thing. Why didn't I say I was going to wear sweatpants for 40 days?! (Today was totally a yoga pants kind of day. Just saying.) But, I pulled myself together by telling myself that I would add some color to this drab dress. Don't get me wrong. I love this soft, cottony thing. I like how versatile black is. But, I needed something different. So, I dug in my closet and found a tunic/dress. I normally wear it over a shirt and with skinny jeans and boots. So, I substituted the shirt for my dress...and voila! I think I really like this. It's my favorite combination yet. I mean, you can still see the dress, so it counts, right? :)

In one of my classes, we're talking about the Roman World. We only know about ancient civilization from what we've found and what is left. It's not like there are dead people walking around that can tell us what it was like to live back then. We had a discussion the other day about what people in the future might think about our generation thousands of years from now. We giggled over them thinking that we worship "the golden M" (McDonalds- those arches are in almost every city!). But, the conversation took a serious turn when we really started thinking about things. I elaborated on this on my class blog, but I want to open it up for discussion here also.

Will they find evidence of injustice in the world and think that we promoted things like drugs and human trafficking? In the Roman World, it was a common practice to expose unwanted children. In the future, will they tell about how we killed babies and aborted them? Will they talk about how we sat back and ignored the problem of human trafficking? Will they talk about the orphans of the world, the children trapped in foster care, and the children that have parents that abuse them?

Will there be any evidence that Christians were any different? While they might find steeples or crosses in some way/shape/form, will they be able to see evidence of a movement? Will they find a community that lived "in the world but not of the world"? Or will they think that everyone was the same? Will we stand out or blend in?

Something to think about. What kind of legacy are we leaving behind? Are we leaving behind a legacy of love (I'll elaborate on this later. It's something at the forefront of my mind right now) or a legacy of hatred and no respect for human life? How will they remember us? What kind of future are we forming? What will people think about us when we are the "ancient civilization".


  1. I love your one dress project. It is the most unique "fast" I've ever heard of. I love that it raises awareness for something, and that it requires daily sacrifice. You go girl!! Hope you are having a good semester!!

  2. wow!!! a lot to think about!!! this is great. i often ponder about what kind of legacy am i leaving for my future children and family... but i love how you took it one step closer. what will people be reading in THEIR history books. what ARE we leaving behind? amazing! i am going to give you a "shout out" on my blog today too.