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LINGERING LEGACIES

LINGERING LEGACIES

So, the World Cup is fun (ever noticed that people become overnight football pundits?). But this time two years ago, the eyes of the world were on London for the Olympics and the word on everyone’s lips was ‘legacy.’

Would these Olympic Games make Britain greater? Would they improve attitudes to exercise and healthy eating? Would they give young people greater aspirations for life? It’s the same question that’s hanging over each of our lives:

What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind?

Just what kind of world do I want my kids, or whoever comes after me, to be living in? Competing with this is our current culture of rampant consumerism: the idea that life is all about you in the “now”, you in the thrill of the new, the experience you can enjoy right here, right now.

The Bible stops us in our tracks and makes us ask: am I here to consume or here to leave a legacy?

God is a God of the long view.

He doesn’t always believe in the ‘quick win.’

Big opportunities like the Olympics and the World Cup make the countries that host them question how they can change things for the better. Whatever stage in your education/work/life you are in right now, and whatever opportunities are floating around you, there’s a challenge: Are you going to take every chance in your life for yourself, without thinking of others, or leave a legacy?

What Now?

Make a decision about something you’re going to invest in that leaves a legacy: could you invest into another person’s life by sponsoring a child; by offering to mentor someone who looks up to you; by serving in your local church?

 Verse of the Day:

‘A good man leaves an inheritance…’ Proverbs 13:22 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

June 30th, 2014

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