Leaving a legacy

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

It was Peter Strople who once said, “Legacy is not leaving something behind for other people. It’s leaving something behind in other people.”

To my understanding, in order for this to happen, it is important to live life on purpose and not settle for strolling randomly through life doing the bare minimum to get by.

So, if I want to leave something in others then I must choose to put their interests ahead of my own.

This is something that is at the heart of the gospel.

Consider what the apostle Paul said in Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.”

I know a woman who was a teacher in her working years but wanted to still be productive after she retired.

She offered her services to a local elementary school to volunteer a couple of days each week working with students who had special needs, and also helping a number of students who had trouble with reading.

It was slow, persistent work but it made a difference for those she was helping.

I personally know some of those students who now, years later, point to her involvement in their lives as a key to their academic progress.

Let me encourage you to take what you have and deposit it into the lives of others.

In this way our legacy will live on long after we’re gone.

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