“There is a choice you make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.” ~ John Wooden
Are you living the legacy you want to leave behind? You can start now.
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:13-14
You can choose to make a positive influence on the lives of people after you are gone by living a positive influence life now.
LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce
What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:15
If there are end of life regrets, they are usually relational.
You only have control over now. You don’t have control over the future. So pass on the best legacy you can by being the best you can be now.
It’s pride to believe you are in control of tomorrow.
Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. James 4:16
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17
It’s sinful to not be who God wants you to be.
How To Leave A Positive Legacy
- Live what you say you believe.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8
- Be an encourager.
When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Rom 1:12
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Eph 4:29
- Be responsible for your actions.
So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Matt 5:23-24
- Make every failure a positive experience.
Learn from your experience and persevere.
- Be a learner for life.
Put all of life with in the context of God.
Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:9