Leaving a Legacy

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As we approach the end of this year, I’ve begun to reflect on the past. Past events, relationships, conversations, goals made or unattained, etc… and I’ve thought legacy…

What kind of legacy am I leaving? And then I asked myself, do I leave a legacy or live a legacy?

Living a Legacy

Unfortunately people are often more concerned about how long they will live than how they live. They think that having a lasting legacy means living a long life. But Scripture teaches us that God is more interested in what we do with the lives He has given us.

Your real legacy is your life, your influence and your testimony. This is what your loved ones will cherish most, and it is also what matters most to God. Everyone has a testimony—good or bad, strong or weak, rich or poor. We are all building a legacy every day of our life. You have a legacy and you are living it right now.

Your Witness

Think about it…

  • Are you leaving your children a love for the Word of God?
  • Will they inherit a legacy of praying?
  • How have your children learned to spend their time and money?

We might tell our kids that it is important to make the Lord our highest priority, but if they never see us pray or give to His work, they will have no reason to follow our advice or follow Christ either!

Leave them a legacy of your witness. And keep in mind that the legacy you live is a witness to everyone, not just kids.

Encourage them spiritually. THAT is a significant part of your legacy. The way you react to difficulty in times of persecution, suffering and pain is a part of what you leave. People will remember your pattern of response during the tough times. When they see you put your trust in God, they will do the same.

Write It Down

Now let’s say you are at the end of your life and you are looking back on all that God has done for you—all the times He’s answered your prayers and met your needs. If you’ve never told anyone or written them down, write them down!! Stories are powerful and encouraging to others when they are feeling low. Journal!

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” — Revelation 12:11

As we approach this Christmas season and all the gift giving that goes on, I encourage you to think on these things – let others observe you and your walk with Christ, and give the gift of stories to your children.

This is your legacy that will have eternal rewards and it will last.

This is the truest gift you can give.

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