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“No one was sorry when he died.” I can’t think of a sadder thing to be said of someone who has passed away.

It’s not necessary that I be remembered for something after I’m gone, but I do want my life to count for something while I’m here – preferably something that will outlive me. The mark I make on the world … I want it to last, because I hope that it’s something good and worthwhile.

I want to help make sure others’ lives are better, not worse, because I sucked up air on the planet.

As I wrote on the web page that serves as my “digital business card”:

“I want my epitaph to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ I want to serve others and bring glory to my Creator while I’m doing it.”

I’ve been reading through the books of Kings and Chronicles in my one-year chronological journey through the Bible this year.

Most of the kings chronicled in these books were evil, with a sprinkling of rulers who followed the Lord and were blessed because of it. But it didn’t last. (Obedience can be hard work!) Even with shining examples to light our path, without intention and purpose it is easy to go our own way.

Of King Jehoram, the chronicler said: “You have not followed the good example of your father, Jehoshaphat, or your grandfather King Asa of Judah. Instead, you have been as evil as the kings of Israel.”

King Jehoram chose the path of self and left no legacy to be proud of.

“His people did not build a great funeral fire to honor him as they had done for his ancestors.”

My ancestors set a good example for me. As far back as I know of, they followed the Lord and passed down that legacy to me and my kin. Most of us, as far as I know, are doing our best to obey the Lord and remain open to His leading.

But whether the legacy passed down to you was good or bad, what are you going to make of it?

Are you going to use your God-bestowed gifts to bless the world, or to take from it?

My mission statement flows out of my desire to leave the world better than I found it. It is:

“To follow God’s leading and help others see the Light.”

What legacy do you want to leave?

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