Leaving a Lasting Legacy

lasting legacy

Psalm 78:5 (NIV)

He decreed statutes for Jacob
    and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach their children,

 

As we read in Pslam 78:5, we see that parents are commanded to teach God’s law to their children.  One of the reasons for this is to build a legacy of following God.  We can’t hope for, dream about, or take casually the subject of legacy.  It requires people to be intentional and demonstrate to their family what character and faith are all about.

Someday we will be the center attraction at a church, chapel, or funeral home.  Our legacy-building days will be over, and our legacy will be carved in the hearts and minds of those that we leave behind.  Will our legacy be one of being disconnected and more concerned with career-building than family-building?  Or will it be an enduring, lasting legacy that points others to Christ?  We get to choose.  Even if your parents left an unhealthy legacy, you can break the cycle and build your own legacy that will speak positively to future generations.

Billy Graham once said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”  When someone dies, they don’t talk about how much money they had or how many things they accumulated during their life.  Instead, the focus is on the type of person they were.

As parents, our desire should be to build an enduring legacy through our children.  Even if you are not a parent, we should desire to build an enduring legacy through the next generation.  This requires us to concentrate on the who, what, where, when, and why of legacy-building.  Are we using what God has given us to build His kingdom, or are we focused more on our own desires?  Do we reflect Christ in our homes, churches, workplaces, and communities?  Legacy-building should be each of our callings.  Our loved ones should see consistency in our character in all facets of our lives.  Our motivation should be to please God and equip those who follow us with an example of godly character and faith.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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