Leaving a Legacy

You've probably noticed a pattern in this blog. I enjoy gleaning information, knowledge and ideas from books and articles that I read. It is not that I can't think for myself, but I love being challenged by the thinking and writing of others smarter than me. I pray that I can always be on the learning curve in life.

Richard Geberding in "New Man eMagazine" wrote how men tend to focus on projects and events. He succinctly summarized a typical man's schedule as "plan, act, rest" cycle. He said that men tend to lay out a course of action, execute it and then take a break until it's time to plan again.

Unfortunately, we [I'm inserting women into this now] tend to get so focused on the project that we lose sight of the purpose. Meaning, it is possible our woodworking hobby or desire to garden can leave a legacy, if we see a purpose in what we do, that is, touching the lives of those around us.

Whatever we do, we need to ask ourselves what is the big picture?

Geberding goes on to say,
"Your finest woodwork will someday be firewood. Monday morning's blue ribbon tomatoes are rotting under swarms of flies by Friday afternoon. If we want to leave a legacy, we can't settle for short-term results at long term expense."

I can't help but think of Luke 9:24-25 where Jesus says;
"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?"

May we look at these upcoming summer months as a chance to leave a legacy!

On the Journey,
Steve Walters
Campus Pastor