When we read an obituary, it usually talks about surviving family members on earth as the legacy that someone leaves. But what about people who don’t have kids? What is their legacy after living their lives? If we gauge the legacy of a life on how many children they had, then there’s no place for people who didn’t have children. It’s a valuation that single people can’t win at. It almost makes their lives not have any value if they aren’t passing down their genes through a family line.
I know many wonderful people who may or may not have children to pass things down to. I think we need a different criterion. It may or may not be what great contribution we left to society. What if we faithfully fulfilled our existence in life by serving others, but didn’t invent something amazing that changes the world?
I believe God has individual criteria for us to which we can all excel. Did we do all that God created us to do? Who would recognize this? What would it look like? God gives everyone certain gifts and each of us contributes things that bring God pleasure. Have we figured out what these are and developed them, and offered it unto Him?
There are lots of people on this earth who have wonderful and loving families and are great family members. And this is fulfilling God’s call in life. But what about those of us who come from broken families? What about those of us who don’t have children of our own? Does who we love count for something?