What Will You Leave Behind?

January 7, 2013

This post was adapted from my book Money: God or GiftFor more content about money and stewardship visit theMoneyMission.com.

“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.” (Luke 12:37)

You will die. What will you leave behind in your absence?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Or maybe you’ve dismissed it because you feel too young (“I don’t need to worry about that right now”) or too old (“It’s too late”). Both excuses are untrue. As long as you still have life, you need to use it. Don’t delay it, and don’t diminish it, or else you’ll waste it.

Where do you want to go? What are you pursuing? What drives you? What bugs you? What do you want to see changed—in your life, in your city, in the world?

Don’t be afraid to dream really big.

Though finances are a piece of this puzzle, your life amounts to more than the money in your bank account. Here are some questions to get you thinking about one big, long-term picture that is your legacy:

Faith – Who will be impacted and blessed by my faith?

Giving – How can I be generous between today and my last day?

Family – What is my vision for my family and who can we be a blessing to?

Friendships – Who will my friends be? To whom will I have been a friend?

Mission – What is my purpose? What am I passionately striving to be about and do?

The questions you ask today will ultimately shape the legacy you leave at the end of your life. In between, you’ll need a plan.

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Plan big

I’m not sure who said it first, but I like it: “The difference between a vision (or a dream) and a goal (or an achievement) is a plan.” A plan takes our desired future and turns it into reasonable, specific steps we can take in succession to achieve our goals.

Proverbs says, “A man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (16:9) We need to plan, we need to write things down, we need to pray for specific direction in our lives, but we also need to hold our plans in an open hand as our course doesn’t always go the way we plan it. That’s okay. He’s God. He’s allowed to do that. Your plan will change as he shapes your life and your convictions, but you still need to plan.

God is God (not you, not me, not plans)

God is not Santa Clause. Our plans are not a wish list that we hand him in exchange for our good deeds. We plan to honor Jesus. The object is to make highest and best use of the things he’s given us for the biggest gospel impact as possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The grace empowered legacy you leave will reflect your faithfulness and stewardship of everything God has entrusted to you, and God has blessed you to bless others. Don’t delay.

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