Let’s tell our young people that the best books are yet to be written; the best paintings have not yet been painted; the best governments are yet to be formed; the best is yet to be done by them. –John Erskine
Our last section is Principle 4, which is Leave Boldly. OML (One Month to Live) Day 23: Sandcastles – Creating a Lasting Legacy.
So many people work nonstop, trying to keep up with their busy lives, usually running behind with their overloaded schedule. What do they have to show for it? I understand working hard to pay the bills and put food on the table, but there’s got to be more to life than work, right? I mean, when I’m dead, are people at work going to remember all I did for them? Is it really going to matter all I accomplish at the office? Twenty years from now, will they even remember my name? No. And that’s ok. Do you really want to spend your life up at work? Is that how you wish to be remembered? You won’t be remembered for long. Your name and face will fade like a sandcastle washes out with the tide.
If you want to leave a legacy behind that matters and is long-lasting, there are steps you must take. You have to make an investment. You can make a difference, an impact on others, if you just do a few things.
You must pour all of your resources into the investments with the greatest returns: people. Relationships are the only investment that really matters and we go on through other people, long after we’re gone. Your home doesn’t matter, your job, investment portfolio, heirloom jewelry – it’s just stuff; very unimportant stuff.
We must each evaluate whether our castle is being constructed on a permanent foundation or on sinking sand. The first part of this self-inspection should be an influence evaluation. We all have been given a certain number of opportunities to influence others and make a difference in their lives. God wants us to take advantage of every single opportunity. You don’t try to make a difference to make a name for yourself. Abraham Lincoln wisely observed, “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” What we do for God and others, how we fulfill the purpose for which he made us will remain long after we’re gone.
Second, we must pass the affluence inspection. Consider how you spend your material resources. This is not dependent on the amount of money you have but more what you do with it. There’s nothing wrong with being wealthy and enjoying it, as long as we thank God for what we have and share it with others. We must give of ourselves and our resources. With much money comes much responsibility and many opportunities to help others. The more money you have (or the more anything you have, including your time or a helping hand), the more of a difference you can make. I’m not saying give it all away, but when you help as much as you can, God blesses you with more. We are to be channels of God’s blessings.
And third, we have the obedience exam. These are hard times we live in. Evil and wrong-doing are around absolutely every corner. We must make the most of every opportunity to do good, even when evil is present in the room. Especially when evil is present. Try to understand what God wants you to do and do that thing to the best of your ability. Educate yourself so you can do it better. You must spend time with him, listen to him, and obey him.
Remember that earlier post about quiet time with God? Making time for him? This is when God whispers to you. Sometimes it may not be what we want to hear. Sometimes it’s us thinking to ourselves. You have to learn to listen hard and not just with your mind, but with your heart. There are numerous things we can do in this life, but there are only a select few God intends for us to accomplish. When we are living out what he has planned for us, things just sort of fall into place. Have things ever just fallen into place? That’s so incredible when that happens. Wish that would happen for me right now, but God is busy trying to teach me a lesson in patience and faith. Patience is a hard one.
Hope it’s been a fantastical Friday for you! Woo-hoo! Love you guys! *hug*
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