What Will Be Your Legacy?
While driving to church this morning, I heard a song on the radio asking what kind of legacy will we leave behind when we pass on. Maybe it caught my attention because of the shock one of our church members is experiencing as I plan a celebration of life service for his 32 year old grandson. None of us knows the day or the hour we will depart this life. For most of us, it will be later rather than sooner. However, it struck me as I thought about all I have been told about David, that although his life was cut short because of the accident, he has left behind a tremendous legacy of kindness, sweetness, and love. I heard those words over and over as I spoke with various members of the family this week. I am told there will be many who will testify to that at the service. What a legacy!
What will your legacy be? In the song I was listening to this morning, it talked about wanting people to remember the Jesus in him and not just him. So often we get caught up in daily living that we lose our focus in life. Why are we as believers still here? Is it not as Jesus said in Matthew 5: 14- 16 to let our light shine for Him? What do our family and friends see when they see us? What will they remember most about our life? Was it one where Jesus’ love and compassion and mercy showed through or was it more on the self-lived side with the “kingdom of me” being the one thing most remembered about us? Only each one of us can answer that question but the wise believer will take stock of his or her life before it is too late and make sure the legacy that is left behind is not only a valuable one but a God honoring one.
Our Trunk & Treat event is just around the corner followed by Thanksgiving preparations and then Christmas with all its many activities. It is indeed a busy time of year. But as busy as it is, we must not forget about Jesus! We must not forget why we do the things we do. I hope as we begin this very busy holiday season, we will remember to put Jesus first and let His light shine through us. After all, isn’t that why we are suppose to be doing the things we do? Let us live our lives, starting today, with Jesus first as a token of our thankfulness for not only all that He has done for us but, all that He IS doing for us. And you know what you can do to start that mindset?
Come on Sunday and bring a friend!