When one is seventy and contemplating one’s life, questions arise about one’s legacy. This was on my mind yesterday when I had an epiphany. I realized that my legacy is very limited. I have two children and no grandchildren. I haven’t won a Nobel prize or a Pulitzer. Even my writing hasn’t been published and the five textbooks that took up almost 10 years of my life are now out of print. The question remains: what have I done in life that is important. What is my legacy?
The Holy Spirit has led me to my answer. It’s not what we leave behind on Earth that is our legacy; it is what we have done that will last forever. Things of Earth will wither away and die. Only that which has been stored up in Heaven will live forever.
That being said, my question for all of my readers is this: What have you stored up in Heaven? Have you promoted the Kingdom of God? Have you lived a life that models the love of Jesus? How many souls have you saved by sharing your story? Who will meet you at the gates of Glory? How many seeds did you sow? What fruit did you produce? Do you know for sure that you will get to Heaven? Will your children? How about your friends: did you share with them the gospel of Jesus? Will they be in Heaven with you? Have you had that conversation with your spouse about being with him/her in Heaven? Do you look forward to your life in Heaven? Do you even know what Heaven is like? Have you lived on God’s precepts? Do you live for Christ? Have you given up SELF in order to be in His Kingdom?
These questions need to be pondered by all of us…young and old. The time is coming soon when we shall meet our maker. How many crowns will we get? Is our name in the book of life? Have we been forgiven? Have we forgiven those who have hurt us? Jesus says we shall not be forgiven if we don’t forgive. We can’t know Jesus unless we know the Father. Do you know God? Have you asked Christ to reign in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth about life and eternal life. Read your Bible…especially spend time in the book of John that is filled with the Holy words of Jesus. You will be convicted about the truth.
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You will have left a great legacy from all the people that you have ministered too as a teacher, group leader and friend. You taught all that you had contact with how to live a life for Christ. Your example of serving without thoughts of “what is in it for me”. is a shining example for all of us to follow. You continue to reach out to those around you with the love of Christ. Your legacy is amazing. Love you and know that even though I may not get to chat a lot you are never far from my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for the kind remarks. I aspire to live up to God’s expectations for me.
You are just like one of my children.
Thanks for the kind remarks. You are one of the “best” of my legacy…you, Willie, and the kids.
Your legacy includes your family and friends and the lives that you touched during your teaching and ministering to singles, the veterans, and the homeless. Love you mommy!