Three Ways to Leave a Legacy – Discipline, Vision, and Focus

Every believer can leave a legacy. But too often three things can derail us.

Let’s take a look at each one:

1. Lack of Discipline

One reason Paul was able to leave a legacy is because he was disciplined. He stayed focused on his objective to build the church of Jesus. Because of this, he had the integrity to say to the young churches, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

If we want to leave a legacy – a lasting impact on our families, our children, and people around us, we need that kind of integrity, For the believer, this may look like going to bed earlier so we can get up earlier to read scripture and pray. How can we invite someone into this kind of living if we aren’t disciplined? People often respond to us through watching how we live life. If we always speed, others watching will probably also speed. In almost every case, we have to be disciplined in our own lives before we can have a great lasting impact on others.

2. Lack of Vision

We have to see beyond our own lifetime to leave a legacy. I was recently watching home videos from about eighteen years ago. Some of that footage included the pecan tree grove that my grandpa planted. I told my family, “Those trees have been a part of our lives for my entire life and yours.” My grandpa passed away in the late 1980’s, but we still pick pecans each fall. We host a night of music in the grove each September. We have memories of playing catch and the game of 500 under the shade of those trees.

To leave a legacy, we have to see beyond our own lives and down the line two or three generations. Our prayers; the risks we are taking; our investment of time, money, skills, and creativity; and the people we are mentoring now will make a difference in the years to come.

3. Lack of Focus

Legacies are born out of a single focus, not dabbling in twenty different things. In the book, Good to Great in God’s Eyes, Chip Ingram makes the comparison to what Paul says in Philippians 3:13-15:

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

God’s word speaks of fruit that will last as we are walking with Jesus. One of the characteristics of Christians who want to leave a legacy is that they have a heart for helping other Christians bear much fruit.

My prayer is that I will have the desire and motivation to be disciplined, to have a big vision, and to stay focused on leaving a legacy with my family, people with whom I serve, and those with whom I have been in ministry.

I’m praying for you too.

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