Carrying On a Legacy


My dad died on July 9, 2014, at the age of 62. I loved him dearly. In the weeks immediately following his death, I felt compelled to carry on the legacy my father left, to focus on the good things he did and strive to make those things part of my daily life.

To extend a helping hand to those in need.

To stand by my family through good times and bad.

To spend time enjoying nature.

To share the love of Jesus.

To encourage the underdog.

To be silly and create a home filled with laughter.

To work hard at everything I do.

Every story or quote about my dad I share is shared to keep his spirit alive on earth. Every positive character trait of his I model allows others to experience his goodness and love.

As I carry on my dad’s legacy, I realize this is essence of the Christian life. In the purest sense, a Christian is a person who loves Jesus Christ dearly and lives to carry on His legacy of truth, faith, and love.

Every Bible story or quote I share is shared to keep His spirit alive on earth. Every character trait of Jesus I model allows others to experience His goodness and love.

We humans are prone to complicate the Christian life, making it about rules and preferences and politics. It’s none of those things. It’s simply a relationship with a perfect man who lived, died, and came back to life 2,000 years ago, a man who was and is The Son of God. It’s so beautifully simple a 4-year-old can understand and experience this relationship.

May we live to speak Jesus’ words, embrace the hurting, and encourage the broken as we carry on His legacy.



*This post is dedicated to my father and to the family of Sarah Harmening who recently shared Sarah’s last written words including this quote: “We are like a wisp of smoke. We are only here for a moment and it’s not about us. Life is not about us. It’s about God, who is eternal, so I want to dedicate the one moment I’m here completely and entirely to him.” Thank you, Harmening family, for carrying on the legacy of your daughter and of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Photo credit: Monte Wyatt