I have been diving into different business, leadership, and personal growth content, listening to podcasts and audio books, as well as reading blogs and books. One thing that has come up periodically, and even more so lately, is the concept of leaving your legacy.
The question is presented: “What legacy do you want to leave?”
Hearing this question and various answers over time, I’ve pondered this myself. I’ve gone through many different ideas, but here’s what I have concluded:
I want my legacy to be not for people to remember me or what I did, but for Who God is and what He has done.
Maybe this seems really lofty, super-spiritual, or even holier-than-thou. But I believe that this is what the goal of all of us ought to be.
John the Baptist summarized it extremely well: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
As a Christian, my ultimate job should be to direct people to God. Yes, there are jobs in society that are not “spiritual,” such as working in a factory, crunching numbers in a cubicle, or delivering food over a counter. But our life ought to be more than doing that job.
In no way have I achieved this yet, but I want to work toward it. This is one reason why Philippians 3:13-14 is my life verse (yes, technically it is 2 verses):
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul, one of the greatest Christians and evangelists in Christian history, admitted that he hadn’t achieved that goal either. He was constantly pressing forward.
With this thought about your legacy in mind…