What will you leave when you are gone…a bill or a will? Will they erect a statue or a footstool? It is all about legacy and the imprint or lack thereof when your time expires. Over the course of the last few weeks life and death has surrounded me. From the birth of my grandson to the death of my uncle it has been prevalent. One thing I know is that regardless of what it is…time is not going to stand still.
I was at my uncle’s memorial last Saturday and there was an interesting topic spoke on…as I was taking #1 to school this morning it hit me that I needed to expand on it and share my thoughts with you. Everyone has a beginning and an end…but what about the middle…what is it that you do with your time here on Earth? Do you use it to empower others…do you use it shamelessly and frivolously…do you serve God…do you idolize secular things? What is it that you truly do…so when the last words are spoken about you…what will that person utter?
I know that all of us do not want our time on Earth to be in vain. For the most part I’m confident in saying that most people want to be successful…but what is success defined as? Is it the one with the most money…cars…property…is it the one with the most degrees and accolades? What is success? I’ve heard people say…success is defined as being the best person you can under the circumstances you are dealt…hmmm I guess that sounds okay. I think that success is a spawned from how you prioritize your life…what truly holds value combined with how often you reach these milestones. My success might not be the same as yours…who is to say…
One thing for certain though…when I leave this Earth I wanna have a lasting impression. When people say my name it will be held it high regards…my family can be proud. When you hear my name after I’m gone…I don’t want it to start with…”dew sure was funny”…or “dew sure could coach”…When my name is spoken I want folks to say, “That was surely a man after God’s heart”….”That man made differences in lives”…It is important to know that each second…minute…hour…day…week…month…year we spend on this Earth is exchanged for life. Is your exchange rate for the good?
When you are dead and gone…what will they say about you…what will you leave?
“I maybe here for a shortwhile, gone tomorrow into oblivion or until the days come to take me away. But, in whatever part you play, be remembered as part of a legacy…of sharing dreams and changing humanity for the better. It’s that legacy that never dies”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.” – Billy Graham