John Ruskin wrote this in the context of church architecture but seems to me extremely applicable to many areas of life.
“Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labour and wrought substance of them, “See! this our fathers did for us.”
Our gracious God and Father, Thou hast given us the gift of life that we might have part in the great unfolding of Thy will in the Ages. Grant us so to know Thee, the only true God, so to love Thee and possess Thy wisdom, that the time we are given be filled with faithful service, that Thy Name might be honoured by those that come after us, and the hearts of many come to worship Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.