Monday, October 26, 2015

Leaving a Legacy

I have written a number of blogs through the years and I am not certain if I have broached this subject or not but it has been on my mind after our Sunday worship service.The pastor was ending a 7 week study of one of my favorite Biblical characters: Joseph. Joseph's life was filled, like each one of us, with mountains and valleys. Yet his reaction to no matter what came "around the corner" was to trust in God's plans and be faithful wherever his journey led. Indeed his legacy to not only his family but to the generations that followed and to those who read his story as one of faithfulness through life's "long run". The pastor stressed four key points which I want to share.

1. Part of living and leaving a legacy is....where you start is not as important as where you finish.

Genesis 50:15-21 
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

2. Part of living and leaving a legacy is...your attitude and reaction are not dictated by your circumstances.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understandiingg. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

3. Part of living and leaving a legacy is...staying faithful in the waiting room.

Psalm 27:13-14
You will see the goodness of the Lord as you wait for his appearing, therefore be strong and take heart and wait for Him.

4. Part of living and leaving a legacy is...being a good forgiver.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to each other, forgiving as God, through Christ, has forgiven you.

I look at my nine beautiful grandchildren and pray I can leave them a legacy of faithfulness to God. I pray they will see Jesus through me and want to hold HIs hand and be guided through life by Him!