A couple of weeks ago, Andy and I had the privilege of attending a memorial service of a man we had never met. But, while we had never met him, we saw the legacy he left through his family. We are friends with his son and daughter-in-law and their family. And the things we heard about him that day struck a cord deep inside of me. It’s a thought I have not been able to get out of my head over the past couple of weeks. From the words we heard his family and friends share, he was a somewhat reserved man, but he worked hard, loved his family, and served the Lord. He was a man who truly lived a life that exemplified Jesus Christ.
He left a legacy.
I want to leave a legacy.
I don’t need to be a super-star. But, I need to serve Jesus Christ in everything I do in this life. I want my life to be about more than the size of my bank account, retirement account, house, or jeans. I want this life I am living to matter. It’s not enough for me to just be saved and living in this world. I want to transform my world. One life at a time. I want to be willing. No matter what that may lead to in the future. I want to be available.
I haven’t gotten it right most of the time. I probably will still not get it right most of the time from now on, but I want to strive toward that goal. I want my life to reflect the Son. Today. Tomorrow. For as many days as I am given.
So here it is, a public declaration sharing that I want my life to count. I want to make a difference, even if it’s just a small one. I want to grow a little more every day into the person God is calling me to be.
Will you pray for me? It’s not always going to be easy. But, I know that it is so worth it.
I want to challenge you to strive to leave a legacy. You will get it wrong some days. But, others you will get it right. And, the One who created you knows that and loves you anyway. He’s asking you to transform your world, one life at a time.
Transformation has been the theme of the messages Pastor Rob has been sharing with us at Zoar Church (you can find those messages here).