Legacy


Part Deux of Last Sunday’s sermon.  It was a good one!!

The sermon last Sunday was about the legacy you leave behind as well, for those who read my previous post. 

I had lunch today with a brother in Christ, Mike Green, and we discussed what was our legacy, as I spoke about the sunday sermon.  He replied with such insight, I was blown away and couldn’t help think about this question myself and what I was doing about my legacy.  He said,”It’s living Holy before God and leaving a mark on the people around you.”  Profoundly, I agree with him.

He brought up the point Jesus had made where Mary, Jesus’ mother, and His brothers were outside waiting for Him and Jesus replied,”Who is my mother and my brothers?” from Matthew 12:46-50

So many times people, including myself, have said in the past that it’s our children that are our legacy.  But, children can be rotten and turn away from you and God & then what legacy have you left??  GREAT POINT!!!

George Clooney( who has no wife or kids), was addressed by his father recently and asked, “can you name actors from the 20’s or 30’s?”  Clooney didn’t have an answer immediately.  His father said to him, same thing with you, no one will remember you in 20, 30 or 40 years.  What legacy are you going to leave behind?

Mike and I laughed and he pointed out how, if his great grandma or grandpa was to walk into Jason’s Deli where we were having lunch, he wouldn’t know who they are??!?!?!  I wouldn’t know mine either!

Jesus made our relationship to Him a personal one.  We all will bow before Him and give an account for the lives that we have led on this earth.  Our families will not be there to support us or help us in that time.  Our relationship with Jesus Christ right then is what’s going to matter.  YOU & ME!  OUR RELATIONSHIP!! 

So I ask you, what legacy are you going to leave behind?  I know for me, I’m going to improve my relationships with Jesus first, as well as my friendships and pray that by some means I will have left a good and positive mark on the people around me when I leave this earth.

Blessings!

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3 Comments to “Legacy”

  1. A boat docked in a tiny Greek island.

    A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish
    and asked how long it took them to catch.

    “Not very long.” they answered in unison.

    “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?”
    The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to
    meet their needs and those of their families.

    “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

    “We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas
    with our wives. In the afternoons we have a snack at the beach

    Or go into the village to see our friends at the Kafenio, have a few
    drinks and play tavli.

    In the evenings we go to a taverna play the bouzouki and sing a few
    songs, maybe break a plate or two.

    We have a full life.”

    The tourist interrupted,

    “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!
    You should start by fishing longer every day.
    You can then sell the extra fish you catch.
    With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”

    “And after that?”
    “With the extra money the larger boat will bring,
    you can buy a second one and a third one
    and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
    Instead of selling your fish to a middle man,
    you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants
    and maybe even open your own plant.
    You can then leave this little village and move Athens or even London!

    From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

    “How long would that take?”

    “Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years.” replied the tourist.

    “And after that?”

    “Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,
    “answered the tourist, laughing. “When your business gets really big,
    you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

    “Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the fishermen.

    “After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the
    coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a
    siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying
    your friends.”

    “With all due respect sir, but that’s exactly what we are doing now. So
    what’s the point wasting twenty-five years?” asked the Greek fishermen?

    And the moral of this story is:

    Know where happiness comes from in life;
    you may already be there..

  2. Great post! I couldn’t agree more. It made me think, if I were to die today could I have said the following things about myself?

    1)I loved Christ and was sold out to Him
    2)I genuinely loved Christ, my family, the church, and people.
    3)Heaven is a lot more crowded because of me.
    4)Thousands of people developed a passion for Christ through my obedience

    To answer yes to ALL of them would be a wonderful legacy!

  3. There you go again changing things up here! 😉

    Great thoughts to add to the sermon! I like the story you put in the comments, really puts things in perspective. 🙂

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