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Thursday, October 11th, '18

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LEAVING A LEGACY

"...but shame shall be the legacy of fools" (Proverbs 3:35 NKJV)

 

Like it or not as long as there is light we will be followed by our own shadow. Peter cast a shadow and in its wake cripples got out of wheelchairs (Acts 5:15). The institution is the shadow of its founder and CEO. Some are philanthropists leaving hospitals and colleges to bear their names. Others are less known but all make their mark. Does the name Franklin stir any images within you, how about Lincoln, Jonathan Edwards, Michelangelo or on the flipside, Marx, Benedict Arnold, Sirhan Sirhan? At last, said Paul, "I shall be known even as I also am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). It may be a small obit in the county paper or an entry in an encyclopedia but we all will leave some kind of legacy.

 

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches..." (Proverbs 22:1) A funeral like Ronald Reagan's would be nice but I will be satisfied if some eulogist says that I loved God and loved my family and did good with my life. "Did good", now that doesn't cause a collective gasp but it adorns the gospel with grace. Personally, I've messed a lot of things up over the years. I'd venture to say that you're not overly eager for your history to be flashed across the LCD screen at Times Square either. "Shame shall be the legacy of fools". But doing foolishly doesn't always mean one is a fool. There is time to rededicate. Lives that took a detour can still merge back into a lane called the will of God. Legacy isn't something you plan for; it is something that you are. Remember Clinton's second term when he was all concerned about leaving a presidential legacy? He left one regardless of shaking dignitaries' hands or signing congressional bills. It wouldn't matter how many black-tie events were hosted. His legacy remains a stained blue dress.

 

And that should make all of us think...and wise up. David was never able to live down the Bathsheba at the bath incident. It is recorded for posterity in Matthew 1:6. He was, however, a man after God's heart, so the record had both plus and minus columns. Some athletes are known for the game they never won, the lap they didn't finish, the shot they missed or whatever. Others get posted on the Wheaties box. It is not so much whether or not you won but whether you played fair and gave it all. Pastor Jerry Falwell was found slumped dead in his office a week ago Tuesday. There is another name that stirs an image. Peter spoke of an entrance ministered abundantly into the kingdom of Christ (2 Peter 1:11). Falwell is in. I don't care how much Larry Flynt, the abortion and Gay lobbies or even the church down the street disliked him. The man left a legacy, Thomas Road Baptist Church, a radio and TV ministry that covered the globe, something like 30,000 church members and America's premier Christian university. I don't have a legacy anything like that but his shadow makes me want to try. If statistics remain reliable everyone reading this page will have to say goodbye down here someday. We are all feeding press releases to the news department daily. The good news is, we have a large say as to the content.


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