Usually a word we think of with regard to ‘old people’, those who are retiring, maybe politicians.
We usually don’t think of ourselves and a ‘legacy’.
Yet, in reality, you and I–no matter who you are, or how old you are, are absolutely building and leaving a Legacy.
The only real question is ‘What Legacy are we building?’
Over the past week, there have been 2 beautiful children of God who have now completed their earthly legacy, and have made a profound impact on the lives of countless people in this world.
One, a personal friend of mine named Carrie Bray, left everyone she knew thinking about Jesus. She loved and worshiped Him with her last breath, and her continual concern was how she could help others to know Him too.
Another, a man I have respected for year, was the Reverend Billy Graham.Easily the most influential American Evangelist of this last century, he witnessed and preached to millions of people, including Presidents and world leaders, for decades.
Both of these people left an enduring, eternal Legacy.
Today, you and I are left to consider what kind of impact and legacy we are leaving…by how we’re living.
In other words, if nothing changed in your life from today forward, and you lived another 20, 30, or 40 years, what is the ‘Legacy’ you’d leave? Is it money? Business? Education? Work? Family? Church? Community Impact? All of these are powerful, positive things…
For many of us, however, there may be more that we can do. It may be that the Lord wants you to make a bigger impact…in your current situation. It may be that the ‘business’ Legacy you’re leaving is simply about the Bottom Line, when it could also be about the quality of relationships at your business. Maybe your Legacy is all about ‘education’, but it needs to be more than test scores–it should also be about impacting the students and staff you work with. Maybe your current Legacy is all about ‘family’, but God wants it to be about more…about directing your family in a way which points to Him.
The Apostle Paul had a ‘Legacy’!
Toward the end of his life, he wrote, “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
All of us have the opportunity to consider the Legacy we’re building now…and how God may want us to change it in the future. Maybe we should adopt the mindset of Carrie Bray or Rev. Billy Graham.
Graham said, “Everywhere I go I find that people… both leaders and individuals… are asking one basic question, ‘Is there any hope for the future?’ My answer is the same, ‘Yes, through Jesus Christ.’
He left no doubt where he stood or what he thought…and he graciously pointed people to Jesus.
That is the kind of Legacy that we can have!
What about it–what is YOUR Legacy today? Are You having an eternally significant impact? What do You need to change?
What do I need to change?
Let’s give it some actual thought and prayer today!