Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday, and it's a significant one: 60! As I write this post, I am struggling with the fact that this post is about me. I try to live by the principle of be interested, not interesting. Today I hope that I am interesting enough that it will be a benefit to you...
For this birthday, although I am looking more closely at my own mortality, I am looking over my shoulder at my life up to this point. The question I am asking is: What is my legacy?

What am I leaving behind me that has built the Kingdom of God? What lives have I invested in that are now making a difference in their world? Have I built into a life that is in turn building into another's life, and that life is building into another? Am I reproducing generations of leaders and world-changers?

Early in my life and ministry it was all about me. I was on the ego-boosting roller coaster of pride, arrogance, and self-importance. I sought the 15 minutes of fame, and wanted it to last for years.

I began to realize that the world didn't revolve around me (go figure). My desires, my interests, and my attentions were misplaced. I was focusing on things that are inconsequential.

Rather, the world revolves around God and what He desires to do in my life and in the lives of those around me.

Although during the last few decades I have been seeking to live a life of more humility and more Kingdom of God building, there are still traces of those old attributes that show themselves in me. I do not like them. I do not treasure them. Now, they are repulsive to me.

But as I look back, and continue to look forward (I'm not that old), I am encouraged. I still can have an influence for God's Kingdom. Before me lies more days and years to have an impact on people. God still has plans for my life, and He desires to work those plans...

My prayer continues to be these lyrics:

My hands, my feet: an offering.
Your will I choose to do.
When time has passed the world will see
My legacy is You.

Lead Well!

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