Imagine, some time from now, among family and friends, a collection of photos, fragrant flowers, people dressed in black, or perhaps your favorite colors, tears and puffy eyes, mixed with smiles and laughter as they reminisce on the sweetness of you…
A recent song released by Kari Jobe had me considering exactly this.
What is to be said about my life when my life is no more?
I’m talking legacy people. But not just Webster’s version of a legacy. I mean leaving a lasting legacy. What is to be said about the legacy of your life? What do you want to be known for? And what will be so impactful that it’ll move people to pursue the same?
These questions are not easy to answer. But what’s more difficult is looking back on a life lived mediocre.
When I decided to follow Jesus, I simultaneously decided to surrender my desires in exchange for His. I decided to take Him at His word, that He is truth, He is freedom, and He is love. I decided that He is worth risking it all because He is trustworthy and He risked it all for me. I decided that His ways are always better than mine, even if it means sticking out like a sore thumb. I decided that my life was no longer mine and was designed to be lived for loving and serving others, all the while pointing them to the cross. I decided that mediocracy was no longer an option for my life and that a life lived selflessly, fully loved, fully known, and just plain fully was the new norm.
For so long my prayer was, “God use me.” And as much as that’s still my goal, I realized that I can’t help but be used if I’m following closely beside Him. Now my prayer is, "God help me to follow better," because there’s no living a life that misses out on any divine appointments when you are intertwined intently with His Spirit.
You see, because tomorrow is not promised, and because we have direct access to the CEO of the Universe here and now, there should be no delaying and absolutely no settling for anything less than a soul-deep and exhilarating connection with the One who is worthy of our wholehearted devotion.
If at the end of my life my legacy screams just this, I believe people would marvel at the courage and joy that is evident in a life immersed in Christ. I also believe I’ll have a chance through that narrow gate. And If I lead a legacy of believers to do the same, it will not be by my own doing nor my own capacity to love this world, but solely by His love and power in and through me.