Our Legacy Is For Others
We all seek a sense of permanence. When we die, we want the pews full of people ugly-faced crying while they tell stories about us. We want our life to mean something and to really affect other people.
There may a megalomaniacal angle to this desire, but I think for the most part it's not sinful. For us to want to make an impact on the world is a virtuous thing. I sure hope that we want to impact the world.
The question here is what is all of this for. Is this for our fame, our legacy, our reputation? Is the heart behind our legacy for our name to mean something? We have to be really careful here, as this whole legacy thing gets insidious really quick if we aren't mindful.
Because God is sovereign, He will decide what our legacies look like. Trying to maximize your legacy will make you annoying, self-promotional, and way too careful with your life. Let's let God handle that.
I believe that our legacy - how we are remembered - is to serve other people. Hopefully our legacy guides those that come after us and they can watch where we blew it. Maybe they can see where we didn't blow it. In both cases those that come after us should be able to be better for having heard our story.
Surely my kids (and God willing some day, grandkids) will learn how not to do a lot of things from me. But I have a heartfelt desire that they might also learn what Jesus can do in the life of a regular dude who loves Him. They can see yet another example of an ill-deserving worm being made into a glow worm, in the words of Winston Churchill.
Our legacy is for others.
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