What Will be Your Legacy?

 

 

We are all familiar with the saying “Time waits for no man”. And maybe, like me, when you look back over your life you can see periods of time that were squandered. Those times have gone. We can never bring them back and there’s no point in us dwelling in the land of regret.

We can only thank our Father God for each new day he allows us to awake, knowing that each day presents a fresh opportunity to live purposefully, to honour Him—not just with our lips but also with our lifestyle.

Most ambitious people, or productive individuals will want to see their efforts and achievements extend beyond their own lives. Their desire is to leave a lasting legacy.

Today, we celebrate artists like Rembrandt and Renoir, writers such as Shakespeare and geniuses such as Einstein, who have left us a rich legacy we can still appreciate and enjoy today. They left an earthly legacy. So, it is perhaps not surprising if we feel that leaving a legacy for others to enjoy after we have gone, is the ultimate in achievement.

However, Rick Warren, advises us otherwise. He believes:

Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy.

Rick Warren

When my mother died last year, she left a wonderful legacy behind her. Her life was the epitome of selfless sacrifice. She faithfully served God, her family, the members of her church. Her example inspired and continues to inspire me and I have a great desire to emulate her.

I saw my mother’s commitment and exemplary life as a wonderful legacy—to her children and to her brothers and sisters in Christ. I initially saw her legacy as earth-bound. However, my mother did not only leave behind an earthly legacy. She also built an eternal one. I have no doubt in my mind that the Lord Jesus welcomed her into his kingdom as a faithful and profitable servant.

Warren’s statement has re-aligned my aspirations and re-focused my perspective. Yes, I love the idea of leaving an earthly legacy. However, I see the wisdom of building an eternal legacy. Whilst my ego and self-pride desires to be remembered on this earth, I am now more concerned that I’m known and remembered in heaven.

The Bible tells us that God knows those who are his. And in a recent guest post I warned readers there will be people who mistakenly believe Jesus recognises them as his followers. Alas they were wrong! Jesus dismisses them in no uncertain tones, saying depart from me I do not know you!

Again, the Bible tells us about a Book of Remembrance (Malachi 3:16) and about a Lamb’s book of Life (Revelation 3:5). Now I want to feature in that Book of Remembrance. I want my name to be written in that Lamb’s Book of Life.

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, whilst striving to fulfil our goals, or pursue our destiny, let’s make sure our efforts contribute towards an eternal legacy.

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9 thoughts on “What Will be Your Legacy?

  1. Amen, Sis! Those who strive to leave a legacy here on Earth lack vision, but it is our job to inform them. When you know better, you will do better. P.S. I have to reblog this. 😀 Happy Resurrection Sunday! ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on Two Are Better Than One and commented:
    Let us remember why we’re here. There’s no need to build up treasures here. Enable your receptors to hear this message. If you have a relationship with God, you already have the Pearl of Great Value. Keep your eyes on the prize — eternity with our Abba Father. May blessings abound! ❤

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    1. Hello Latoya. Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for dropping in to leave your comment, for the encouragement and for sharing the further scripture. I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

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  3. I Thank God for your mother. Thought provoking. It’s true that many times we strive for earthly temporary legacies. You have inspired me to be like your mother and strive for a legacy that will echoe in the corridors of eternity.

    Thanks!

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    1. How wonderfully you have put that Kato – a legacy that will echo in the corridors of eternity. Beautiful.
      And I am proud that even beyond the grave my mother’s life continues to inspire!
      Thank you. 🙂

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