Monday, January 15, 2018

Legacy

Legacy


Douglas Frank Photograph
What kind of legacy do you want to leave?  We will all have one; because good or bad we leave an impression in the world. Whether we want it or not, people are affected by our actions and words. So I was jotting down a few things I wanted in my legacy.

·      To be a humble servant 
·      Joyful in hope and jumbles (Romans 12:12)
·      Peaceful in pandemonium
·      Courageous in calamity (Joshua 1:9)
·      Loving in lament
·      Faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12)
·      Faithful in relationships
·      Patient in affliction
·      Forgiving in fractures
·      Encouraging always (Romans 12:8)
·      Caring in crisis
·      Anxious of nothing (Philippians 4:7)
·      Constant in friendship
·      Rooted in Christ (Ephesians 3:17)
·      Filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
·      Illuminated by the Holy Spirit
·      Enthusiastic in doing good
·      Comforting in crashes (Isaiah 40:1)
·      Generous of heart and hand (2Cor 8)
·      Open hearted to all (2 Cor. 6:11)
·      Thoughtful to all
·      Respectful and gentle to those who are different
·      Interrupting never
·      Trusting in God (Proverbs 3:4-6)
·      Prayerful always (1 Thess. 5:18)
·      Thankful in all things

I’m sure that I could go on and add ways in which I would like to be remembered. I believe that they all require being filled with the Holy Spirit. All require selflessness, patience and strong faith. None are easy and all will cost me more than money. I don’t plan on having a grave stone, just “ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” which is from the Book of Common Prayer and based on the Genesis 3:19 verse saying, “For dust you are and to dust you will return.”

The Apostle Paul would have said, “Not that I have already attained all of this, or have been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14). That is a strong admonition for us all. We shouldn’t have regrets for the past, although learning from them would be good. Confessing and being forgiven is vital for God’s cleansing us of all unrighteousness. We must keep walking in the way, “The most excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31) to leave a good legacy.

The following is the link from my River West Radio show of 1/13/2018 with Ben Merens “Just Talk’n.”
https://soundcloud.com/user-240416425/just-talking-2018-01-13-1700


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