Leaving a Lasting Legacy
Do you ever ponder what your legacy will be? When you have moved on to another stage in life or gone on to be with the Lord, what will your legacy be after you leave? How will you be remembered and by whom?
As I think how I would respond, Nicole Nordeman’s song Legacy comes to mind:
“I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to you enough to make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who blessed your name
Unapologetically and leave that kind of legacy”
In Nicole’s song, she questions whether she chose love and if she pointed others to God in her actions an activities. Are these the words in our own heart in the way we look at our lives and the legacy we want to leave behind? Are we unapologetic about the Christ-centered legacy we want to leave for His kingdom?
In 1 Corinthians 13:8 Paul writes, “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” Love never ends. It will always persevere. Only love remains and only our love for others endures after we are gone. Our knowledge and individual accolades will be forgotten, but the giving, nurturing and compassion we show to others remains well beyond our own time here on earth. If we live lives of love and build a community of love that gives and cares as God requires, we are building a long lasting legacy upon which the kingdom of God can be built.
Based on my understanding of Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you…”, if our life is focused on seeking the kingdom of God, all else will be taken care of. The kingdom is where God offers his full provision to us so that we are free to sow our legacy by investing in others and allowing him to grow his kingdom.
I look forward as we journey together and grow Trinity’s legacy of love and giving to San Antonio and the world.