Most of us want to be remembered for something of significance beyond accumulating riches and achieving what the world defines as success. That is certainly true for me and I am sure it is true for you, too. Almost everyone would agree that screaming “I made a lot of money” on our death bed is nonsensical.
Who wants to be remembered as someone who didn’t know the difference between earning a great deal of money and being truly rich in life by walking with Christ in his abundance.
I realized a few years back that while I had done everything to be a success in my life, I had done almost nothing to get to know and serve God.
After trying to personally manage everything in my life, I had set myself up to be robbed by the world’s definition of success–prestige, power, position, and possessions.
I left myself no choice but to chase success at the expense of the far more important goals centered on my faith.
Through it all I learned a powerful lesson that success on the worldly track is fleeting and always relative to someone or something else. We can try with all our might to keep putting air in the success tire, but it eventually escapes and goes flat, just like our legacy.
Success according to God’s perspective is not based on our perfection, or on the cosmetic symbols of achievement. Success in God’s eyes is surrendering everything and walking with Christ on a never-ending quest to discover our purpose and using it to serve him and his Kingdom.
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding,” the peace that will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
I ask God to give me the discipline to make sure the legacy I leave my family and friends is a life lived with Christ-like character and not that of a successful CEO and communicator.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you know what your legacy will be?
“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding,” the peace that will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7