Once again, we are coming to the close of another week. I must say that much activity has filled this week. However, it has also been one of deep reflection as well. I am ending this week with a question that was posed to me: What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?
When I look retrospectively and introspectively, I have to be honest with myself and admit that there are some areas that could have been much better. At this point, I cannot undo what has already been done. However, I can learn from my mistakes and ensure that I do not repeat them again.
Another thing I looked at was whether I had any lasting and positive influence or impact in the lives of others with whom I have encountered? There is not any method by which I can accurately verify the answer, but I would hope that I have. Even if it was a needed smile or pat on the back. Maybe a listening ear. Something.
When it is all said and done and my time here on earth comes to an end, will I be able to say that I have lived my very best life? Will I be able to say that someone’s life is the better because of our time together? More importantly than anything else, have I pleased God with my life?
I think it is a very sobering question. One that causes us to confront ourselves realistically. When we look into the rearview mirror, will we see fruitfulness or will we see a barren land? Tough questions to which we can provide textbook answers. But who will benefit from it?
So my intention is to really look inwardly over this weekend to find the true answer. Once I have arrived at the conclusion, I will begin to take the necessary measures to remedy the problem. What about you? Where do you fall in this scenario? What kind of legacy will you leave behind?
What are your thoughts? I would appreciate any feedback from anyone. This is a community effort to living our best life in honor of the One Who has given us this life to live. Love God, love others, and love yourself!
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”