I am a great believer in living legacy minded. What does that mean? Living legacy minded means that how we interact with one another today will be a direct reflection of how we will be remembered in the hearts of others tomorrow. How we dealt with our fellow man whether for good or for bad will be a part of our life’s memory for all of eternity. How we treated one another whether in love or in hatred will follow us everywhere we go because our name is attached to our actions. That is why we should live legacy minded so that every word, act and deed will be done with conscious thought behind it. When we live legacy minded we won’t seek for revenge, we won’t want for retribution because our minds will be focused more on returning blessings for cursings, kindness for rudeness and love for hatred. (Proverbs 22:1-2) (Matthew 5:5-9)
When we act from a position of love our life’s legacy will be one that we will be proud to call our own. We will have mastered the secret of life which is to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. When we are in communion with the Lord our thoughts will emulate His, our words will emulate His and our actions will emulate His. When we show others an undeserved love we will begin to understand God’s love towards humanity. Despite our sins, mistakes and many shortfalls, God still loves us and wishes to forgive our many trespasses and reconcile us unto Himself again. The Lord looks past our past and wishes to give us a new beginning. What a great world it would be if we offered that same chance to someone else who has fallen short in their own life. (Hebrews 10:23-25) (Luke 6:27-36)
May we each recognize the power that we possess to be world changers for the sake of Christ. May we take a hold of our authority as His ambassadors on the earth and do our absolute best to lead all people to the saving knowledge of the only begotten Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ and may we always have the forethought that our life can be significant when we heed to that still small voice within our hearts nudging us on what we should do next. (1 Peter 2:9-12) (Isaiah 30:21)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to think about your life’s legacy so that you can make the necessary changes that are needed to take your life from ordinary to extraordinary.
I stared at the blank page nervously. The school assignment was to write your own obituary, but how was I supposed to write a summation of my life when I hadn’t even lived it yet? I looked to my left and right and saw people pouring paragraphs out of their pens. I tried to think of what I wanted to accomplish in my life but my crazily racing thoughts crashed into each other. I glanced back at my clean sheet of paper and my writer’s block intensified. I tried to imagine the man I wanted to become, but couldn’t see him clearly. Looking up at the clock on the wall I saw that there were only fifteen minutes left in class. Finally, in a panic I scribbled down a few sentences of what I hoped someday to do and turned it in. Let’s just say when I got the paperback it wasn’t the highest grade I had ever gotten.
If I had that assignment to do over today, however, I think that my obituary would be even shorter. It would probably get me an F on the assignment, but it would get me an A in life. In fact, I would sum it up in two words: He Loved. To love is what I want to do today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life. To love is what living is all about. The rest is just details.
Everything about living well and good and right is wrapped up in the arms of love. To love is to serve, to give, to be kind, and to help others. To love is to have joy and to bring joy as well. To love is to make this world a better place just by being in it. To love is to create a little Heaven everyday while still here on Earth. To love is to be the wonderful child, caring parent, tender spouse, fantastic friend, and beautiful person that you have always wanted to be. To love is to become the bright, shining soul that God meant for you to become.
Fill your days with love then and you will have truly lived. Fill yourself with love and you will be the best possible you. Fill your life with love and your obituary will take care of itself.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:10-16 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another...”
Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE POWER OF ONE
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In Christ’s Service,
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