Saturday, December 7, 2013

In the Wake of Greatness

Nelson Mandela has died. He is, without question, one of the greatest figures to have shaped the modern socio-politcal age. He was a figurehead in South Africa, the face of a nation, and the name that is attributed to the end of apartheid. He was a game-changer, a man who literally changed the world through his life and his legacy.

In the wake of his death, I wonder what the impact of my own life, my own legacy will be. I am reminded of Nichole Nordeman's words in her song 'Legacy'. She states,

"I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed Your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy."

This is my prayer today. I do want to leave a mark, to leave an offering pleasing to the Lord. I want to bless His name, unapologetically. I want to lead people to the Cross as others have so faithfully led me. I want to leave a legacy of the grace and love and mercy found at the feet of Jesus.

I am so blessed to have grown up in a family and community that embraced these things, and to have found people who encourage me and who continue to live out Christ's message of salvation as I've reached adulthood. I pray that I would continue to embrace the message of the Gospel, and that I would share it with others so that they, too, would understand and grasp the hope to which I am called through Christ. Life is, indeed, too short. However, eternity is long, and I look forward to spending that eternity worshiping my dear Jesus. 

What is your legacy?

Today's Verse
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believed in Him would  not perish, but would have eternal life.

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