II Timothy 4:6-7–For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
When I hear the word legacy, I think of fathers passing their family name on to their sons (appropriate since yesterday was Father’s Day). I think of their families and the impact they will have long after they have died. I think of my heavenly Father, who left the greatest legacy in Jesus-a legacy that lives on more than 2,000 years later, a legacy of love and self-sacrifice, a legacy of which I am fortunate enough to be partaker.
Fathers aren’t the only ones with legacies. Everyone leaves behind a story-good or bad. Everyone affects the next generation, even if they don’t have children of their own. So, what is your legacy? Is it money, fame, power? Does it have to do with the physical gifts you leave your children? Or, does it have to do with the invisible things of life, the ones that are of much more importance-love, kindness, caring, helping others? I hope that if a scholar studies my life 100 or a 1,000 years after I am gone, that my legacy will still be living. Who wouldn’t want that? But, I want to make sure that my legacy is one I can be proud of, one that affects and inspires someone in a positive way. I want to make sure that when I leave here ready to be offered to Heaven, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, and that I have fought a good fight. I want to instill in another’s life that God is worth fighting for, that living a Christian life is a worthy course, that being faithful to what you know is right, is right.
What do you want to leave behind? Is it already what you are living, or do you need to make a change and alter your course so that when you do die someday you die satisfied with the good you have done? It’s never too late to make a change for the better. It’s never too late to pick up your sword and jump into the fight. It’s never too late to increase your faith.
My legacy is this: With God’s help, I am doing my best to fight a good fight. With God’s guidance, I am staying my course. With God’s grace, I am keeping the faith. And, I truly hope that someone around me will see and decide to join me-the view here is amazing, the rewards are unmatched, and the blessings are abundant.
Photo above taken by me at our house April 2016-dogwood blossom