How would you define legacy?
The question was asked, "How would you define legacy”. Some of the responses were:
What I am remembered for eternally.
The positive effect that I have on people that reflects Christ’s grace.
A strong family name.
Development of character traits that leaves with my family an example of a strong relationship with God.
Truth that I have discovered living beyond me.
Abraham was a man who left a legacy. It was not the sheep that he bequested to his son but his example that was truly the legacy.
The defining moment of Abraham’s legacy was when he was willing to sacrifice his son. We too will have defining moments that will become our heritage. It is in those moments that we define ourselves and what lasts beyond our lives.
In order to pass on a legacy there are some challenges to address. Here are some of those challenges:
Time – not having enough time to do the essential because of being caught up in the urgent. This will take a conscious effort to quiet the sirens of the urgent today to pay attention to what is essential. Legacy begins today.
Outside influences - my kids have so many negative persuasions that I have to compete with and many of them seem more relevant to them right now. Know that few relationships stand the test of time and that principles lived by today will still be relevant tomorrow and beyond. Trust time to bring truth and true relationship close.
Feeling of inadequacy – I have made mistakes that will limit my influence. Failure is never final. Abraham and many other biblical icons failed miserably but left an incredible heritage.
Thoughts to Ponder:
What are the areas that need improvement most?
What are some challenges you can work on starting today in your legacy?
Genesis 22:7-8 "The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.