There are certain words that I love to hear, such as the word “seek.” Whenever I hear it, it reminds me to seek the Lord with all my mind, heart, and soul. And my heart warms when I hear the word “near” because I am reminded that God is near.
There are also words that I don’t like to hear. Legacy is a word that gives me a sinking feeling. For me, this has to do with not having children. I feel as though I will leave no legacy behind when I depart from earth.
However, I recently read a quote that changed my perspective.
“Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
(I never heard of this guy before. So, I looked him up on Wikipedia. Apparently, he is an “entrepreneur, author, speaker, and Internet personality.”)
These words made me pause and ponder a bit. No matter who we are or what our life looks like – we are all writing a legacy. The exciting part is that we can choose what our legacy will look like. We can decide how we want to be remembered.
Each day can be intentional with our actions and our words. We can choose love and generosity and forgiveness. We can choose kindness and encouragement and compassion.
But most of all, we can be remembered as someone who loved the Lord. We can be people who pursued Jesus daily. We can be seen as people of faith. We can be known as prayer warriors.
We might make mistakes along that way. That is normal. We are all human, after all. But we can allow our good actions to outshine our less than stellar moments.
Think about David from the Bible. What comes to mind when you think of him?
David made mistakes. He wasn’t perfect. He had an affair and tried to cover it up by having Bathsheba’s husband killed.
But when we think of David, that is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, we remember that he was a man after Gods own heart. We remember that he was brave enough to face Goliath, when no one else would. We remember all the beautiful Psalms he wrote.
David left a legacy of faith. And we can do the same. Every day we can choose Jesus. We can walk with the Lord. We can rely on Him and Him alone. As a result, we will become more like Jesus. And His love and light will show in all we do.
I will end with some of the words written by David, found in Psalm 63:1…
Thank you for reading!