Wednesday, November 17, 2004

A Meditation: Leaving a Legacy

Psalm 119:111-112
Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.

President Bill Clinton's Presidential Library opens tomorrow. It will be a testament to his legacy. Maybe more than any other President in recent memory, President Clinton was always concerned with his legacy, his heritage, how history would judge him. He sought to leave a legacy of greatness, but tragically, like so many who seek it, his legacy will be a tarnished one.

These verses remind us that the greatest legacy that we could leave behind is a commitment to the Word of God that changed our lives. People who seek to live for God, instead of themselves, with faith in him and love for others will have a heritage that transcends this world. They will have a legacy, not of greatness necessarily, but of godliness and grace that will last into eternity. When this becomes our focus, our hearts are filled with joy rather than the haunting search for an unachievable heritage.

May God grant us grace to leave a legacy of faith, hope, and love built on his Word.

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