We all come into this world with nothing, but we all leave something behind. (Some of us more so than others.)
Society measures success by chasing the the dollar, owning property, how many buildings are built with your name on it, and who you know… Money represents power. The more money you hold the greater the power and influence you hold over others. It is expected that you leave a huge inheritance to the next family member in line, so they will continue on with what you started. (To tell you the truth, society won’t remember me when I’m gone. I just don’t measure up to those standards.)
The Lord measures success quite differently. He’s not interested in the most qualified, he is interested in the most committed. He’s not looking for perfect people, he is looking for imperfect people he can work perfectly through. He’s not calling people to fail, but rather qualifying them to succeed. He’s not looking for the physically strong but rather the spiritually mature. He’s not looking for the most educated person but rather looking for the person who will edify the most. He’s not looking for the selfish but rather the selfless. He’s looking for those who will surrender all of them over to all of him. No holding back, no reservations. He seeks the imperfect to be fully committed to the perfecter.
There’s nothing wrong with holding money and power. The way you use them both should be for God’s glory not your own. There’s nothing wrong with owning land. What you do on that land needs to reflect or mirror the Lord not yourself. This life is is not our own, we are simply here for a time but our time holds purpose. There are many people who think they will leave nothing behind because they don’t have money, land or many material items . Everyone of us leave something behind and it is is called “character”. To those who held a good character people will remember them in wonderful ways; but those who’s character was less than worth mentioning, will leave pain and hurt in the thoughts and hearts of those they leave behind. Some will continue in the footsteps you began and others would never consider walking on the road you traveled…
Questions to ponder on over the weekend: #1 Did my character mirror the Lord or the world? #2 Will I be remembered as kind, gentle, loving and hospitable; or as hot tempered, throwing tantrums and being critical of those around me? #3 The road I traveled, would I want my family to follow in my footsteps? #4 Have I made right on all my wrongs or am I waiting to do that after those who hurt me, make right with me first?
None of us know how long we have left. Anything can happen at any moment… If this were my last moment, I would want my character to be one that brought smiles, left truth and hope to those who I leave behind…
Blessings to each of you,