Friday, March 06, 2009

Your Legacy

I've been thinking about the impressions we leave on others. While we are not to live to be men-pleasers, I think everyone has something that they want to be known for. A legacy, if you will, that they want to leave behind. Most of us don't aspire to fame and fortune, but we do want to point others to Jesus and leave a godly legacy for others to follow.

So I'm wondering: what do you want to be known for? Being kind? Being generous with your time, talents, or treasure? Being a man or woman of the Word? Being a prayer warrior? Being missions-minded? All of these are good things to desire. But what would you consider to be the supreme compliment someone could give you? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

6 comments:

Krista said...

You're right about our desire not be people pleasers...because of my tendency to sin in this area, I haven't given this much thought! I hope that when I am gone people will say that God's grace was evidenced in my life in how I served my family and those around me. I am sure there are other things that I would like to be characterized by, but that would have to be the bottom line.

Half A Dozen BOOTH's said...

The supreme compliment to me would be my children saying that they loved growing up in our home and in our family.

JRL said...

As far as a legacy: "He truly did love the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength."

Grace upon grace,
JRL

Baroness Insomniac said...

Something like this could well be a obituary of sorts...

"She was a loving daughter, wife and mother and upon her salvation in her middle age, she never pointed anyone any other way but up.

She loved her Lord and longed to be at her Master's feet."

What about you? =))

Jennifer said...

These are all great goals! And yes, Ruthie, it is kind of like an obituary, but my goal is to make it a living one. For example, if I want to be known as a servant, then am I serving NOW? If I want to be known as a prayer warrior, am I faithfully praying NOW?

At this point in my life and walk, I have so many goals: I want to be close to God and for Him to be the most important thing in my life. I want to be a godly example to my husband first, then my children, then others around me. I want to serve faithfully in the body. I don't know that I can pick just one thing. That's one reason why I solicited your thoughts. :)

Jennifer said...

These are all great goals! And yes, Ruthie, it is kind of like an obituary, but my goal is to make it a living one. For example, if I want to be known as a servant, then am I serving NOW? If I want to be known as a prayer warrior, am I faithfully praying NOW?

At this point in my life and walk, I have so many goals: I want to be close to God and for Him to be the most important thing in my life. I want to be a godly example to my husband first, then my children, then others around me. I want to serve faithfully in the body. I don't know that I can pick just one thing. That's one reason why I solicited your thoughts. :)

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