One day you and I are going to leave this place.
Sounds creepy and sad, right? That you and I one day will no longer exist in this world. One day someone we love will speak at our funeral and a couple songs will be sung, maybe some flowers will be donated and then that’s it, all that will be left is your legacy.
Your weight will be of no importance when you die, neither will whether or not you dated the football player. People are going to forget about all the number of likes you got on your insta pictures, and I doubt anyone will remember where you sat during lunch and if you got an A- or A in that impossible college course.
People will remember one thing- how you made them feel.
Today I turned 20. And no matter how old I get, I love a good list. So today I’m setting goals not only for myself, but also for you about the kind of legacy I want to leave in this world. Five things I want accomplished each day, and each minute while I’m temporarily residing in the world.
I want to leave of legacy of joy. I want no one to leave my presence without realizing how fun it is to live with the holy spirit inside your soul.
I want to be someone who takes time to pray for others. I want to be an encouragement to others through friendship and prayer. I want to be a shoulder to cry on, but also someone who challenges those I love to grow.
Ephesians 3:17-19″So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
I want to be someone who loves recklessly. I want to love like Christ has loved me.
1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”
I want to be someone who carries their cross daily. Someone who wakes up each morning to serve God. Someone who lives to bring Him glory.
Matthew 16:24-26″Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life[a]will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
Each morning, I pray my life brings God glory. I pray I can use each breath the Lord breathes into me to bring Him praise and worship Him through loving others. I want this life given to me to be given to Christ. To die is gain when I live this way. I want to leave a legacy that brings God glory. I want my life to be given to Him.
Here’s to sunrises, new mercies, and a consistent God. Here’s to my failures, mistakes, and regrets. And here’s to a God who takes my ashes and turns them into beauty, my pain into a testimony, and takes my simple life and gives me purpose.