Dynamite or Peace?



I recently heard a very great communicator, Eric Samuel Timm, share a remarkable story about the man who invented dynamite. This man’s name was Alfred.  At a young age Alfred was influenced by his father to explore the vast world of science and engineering. Eventually, this led Alfred to the invention of dynamite which had the original purpose of being used to quickly progress mining efforts. Within a short time, individuals with less noble intentions re-purposed Alfred’s invention for war. An instrument he had created to be used as a tool was now being used to kill.

Toward the end of his life, Alfred had a very unique experience. One of his brothers died and a local newspaper mistakenly thought it was Alfred that died. This gave him the opportunity to read his own obituary. The obituary greatly portrayed Alfred as the man who invented faster and more efficient ways to kill people.  Desiring his legacy to be utterly different than what was presently perceived influenced Alfred so immensely that in his will he left his vast fortune to create  a prize for those seeking peace on an international scale. Alfred’s last name was Nobel, and he created the Nobel Peace Prize.

We all create a legacy. A simple definition of legacy is anything handed down from the past as from an ancestor or predecessor. Some people are very intentional about their legacy and what they hand to the next generation, while some people are allowing their legacies to be created by happenstance and with absolutely no intentionality.

Fathers inevitably create and leave a legacy. It seems as though very positive and very negative legacies are remembered with the same fervor and clarity. The type of fatherly legacy that tends not to be remembered is one that is mediocre or somewhere in the “safe,” middle ground. The type of father that doesn’t really do anything wrong but doesn’t do anything right either. They are completely content to be present but not effective or engaged.

As we can see through Alfred Nobel, you can reach out and alter your legacy. Do that! Create a legacy of fatherhood that is worth remembering for all the right reasons! Be effective and engaged with the lives of your children! It’s now up to you whether or not you choose the legacy of dynamite or peace.

What does it look like to choose this type of legacy? What are ways that fathers can create a lasting legacy that is remembered for all of the right reasons?

I urge you to surge towards a dynamic legacy of peace.

May I leave a legacy of purpose for my family.

May I leave a legacy of purpose for my family.



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4 Thoughts on “Dynamite or Peace?

  1. Tracy on June 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm said:

    You are leaving a legacy of purpose to your family, Simon. In beautiful words ~ not to mention the many other ways. Actions, Thoughts, Prayers, Activities and LOVE is spelled T*I*M*E ~ which you and Rachel devote to them. Keep up the wonderful, fulfilling, exhausting, rewarding, worthwhile, priceless job of parenting ~ your friend, Tracy 🙂 PS: Happy Father’s Day

  2. chris henry on June 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm said:

    What cute kids!
    Good post,

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