Writing Your Personal History

Writing your personal history is one way to leave a legacy that your descendants will treasure for generations. If you leave it to someone else to rely on memories and secondhand stories to create your history, it may not reflect your life accurately.

Ask yourself these questions – if your parents, grandparents, and other ancestors didn’t leave life histories, do you wish they had? Do you wish you could read about their lives and their stories? If you answer “yes”, then don’t leave your descendants wishing the same thing. This is what is happening to me right now as I write a history of my dad’s family. Although my ancestors did not leave a formal history, getting to know them through research has been quite interesting.

A record of your life can be a great gift to your family. I have a cousin, who was an only child, who is now deceased and people really get a lot of joy reading about his short-lived life that I wrote as a gift to his mom and dad a couple of years ago. Words in print can be read and reread, pondered over, and returned to as often as needed. The words your kids reject now may become clear and precious when he or she reads them later on in life.

I visited the old home place a few weeks ago and going through the family bible where my grandmother had actually recorded my birthdate almost brought tears to my eyes. Knowing that she took the time to actually record birthdates is very precious to me.

You could have a great affect on those who will follow you. Your examples, your trials, and your triumphs will strengthen and motivate others. The Prophet Job of the Old Testament, who suffered many trials mourned, “Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever!”(Job 19″23-24). Job’s words were recorded, and his faith and his triumph over tragedy has remained a source of inspiration to people for thousands of years.

Start writing your story now. Don’t put it off. You don’t know how long you will live so don’t procrastinate. No one can write your story the way you can.

Contact me at yourlegacymaker@gmail.com and The Legacy Maker will be glad to assist you.


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