Friday, June 26, 2009

What Kind of Impact?

Recently, with the high profile deaths of a few celebrities, I've been watching the news coverage and wondering about the impact people have and the legacy they leave behind when they die. Have you ever considered the kind of legacy you hope to leave behind? Are you actively seeking to do so? You don't have to be a celebrity to make an impact. Every day, ordinary people leave powerful legacies--even if only in the lives of those directly around them. Their children and grandchildren, coworkers, friends.

I'm challenged because we don't know the kind of impact we have, but we can influence it. Do we treat people with respect? Do we walk in hope and share that hope with those around us? Do we approach life with persistence and a positive outlook? Do we care for and help others around us, seeing beyond ourselves to their needs?

One of the best ways to know that you will leave a lasting, positive legacy, is by pursuing your calling from God while you live. Notice I didn't say "fulfilling." I say that because God calls us to a specific role, but He is pleased even as we pursue that fulfillment. And along the way, we make an impact. Your Creator knows His purpose for you. He will use your influence in the lives of those He wills to touch them, bless them, help them.

Do you know what your calling is? Ask Him. He will show you. He wants to work with you to chase that dream. His dream for you. His purpose in your life. So you can leave a positive, lasting legacy.

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