Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21 (ESV)
Here we are in the second week of a brand new year.
So what will our imprint in the world and lives around us look like as the year comes to a close a few hundred days from now?
Bet most of us haven’t even considered that yet. Our tendency is to look at that from the end of the journey.
But what better time to think about that now, as we begin the rest of our lives.
What do you want your imprint and impact to look like this year?
What do you want your legacy to be, day-by-day as you journey through 2022?
What do you want your legacy to be, as a follower of Christ, when you take your final step from here into the arms of God?
His name was Shutruk-Nahunte, King of Anshand and Susa, Sovereign of the Land of Elam. The word is that he lived around 1158 BC in the area of the Mediterranean.
He apparently lived a life devoid of positive impact, and a life apparently remembered only by a few, but for less than noble reasons.
The reason is suggested in this quote from the movie “The Emperor’s Club”—“Great ambition and conquest without contribution is without significance.”
His name was Tom Landry. He lost more Super Bowls than he won of those he participated in during nearly thirty years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
But his impact in our world continues to be reflected in the lives of people he touched from every walk of life.
Coach Landry was a man of uncompromising character and faith, who realized through his relationship with Christ that his life was a gift to be used for the good of others throughout the world—and all for God’s glory.
What will our imprint look like? What will our impact be on the lives around us? What will our legacy be?
Will it be reflected by the plaques on our walls, the trophies on our mantles, the dollars in our bank accounts, the won-loss record in our careers, or the titles and positions we have held?
Or, will it be reflected in the people we have helped, the friends we have stood by, the children we have lifted to a brighter day, the lives which are better because we lived, the courage we have shown in the face of injustices we have confronted, or in the selfless service we have rendered?
Either way—we will have an impact and will leave a legacy.
And it’s the one that we are living out each day, and every day, of every year of our lives.
I wonder how we will be remembered.
In His Name–Scott