“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~Michael Landon, Jr.
While not biblical, Michael Landon, Jr.’s statement is a matter of importance and fact. Importance because we tend to get ourselves into a comfortable state in our lives when we can keep our heads above water; yet, we know darn well that there is so much we should be doing. It is a matter of fact because we also have a tendency to push things off until another time, by saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” “Some other day,” “Another time,” ” Some day, honey, we will get there, or do such and such…” We all have our special line to let us know that we want to do it, but someday never seems to arrive.
We all have our ways, we each have our blow off statement(s), and we all in the back of our minds know we will not ever get there, or do this or that. It is just in our nature to put things off because we have other things that rise higher on our scale of important things to do list. We are reminded by King Solomon:
“For the living know that they will die…” ~Ecclesiastes 9:5 NKJV
Man inherently knows that he will one day, no longer be. It is a sad truth to our lives, but death is every bit a part of life, it is the finale…if you will. Where the time clock of our life has run out…the game is over…curtains are down…well, you get the point. As we grow older, we tend to look more toward the legacy we will leave behind. Of course, there are those who began to build up a legacy right out of college, high school, or even the military.
People such as myself, who have taken far too long to mature and, therefore, delayed – without any fore thought toward the ramifications of their decisions – begins to look at their life and see that they have not developed any kind of a legacy to leave either family or the world. One could even apply the techniques from Napoleon Hill’s book, THINK AND GROW RICH and develop a low level or some grand legacy, to both family and the world. But as with any goal, you must first know what it is that you want to obtain, or develop. Legacies are no different.
We have this tendency to get caught up in the daily grind, the rat race, or the job. Often times, these are but menial things, in retrospect. We all too often allow ourselves to get caught up in the mental mind set of keeping up with the Joneses, or just find ourselves wanting more and more stuff. Which, by the way, will end up in our closets, sheds, basements, garages, or attics…never to truly be used at all. So, why do we do such things? Well, who really knows, but the underlying thought is that it makes us feel good in the end. A certain amount of happiness in an otherwise mundane life of work…work…work…and more work. 50 to 80, and with others even more hours each week. And we have the feeling we are getting no where, fast. Sometimes we just cannot help ourselves, until one day you wake up and make a firm decision…NO MORE!
Some of have more time than others in our lives. Someone I graduated with in High School, back in New Jersey, he died at the age of 49, another died in her twenties, and another while we were in our Junior year of High School. Some people just have less time than others. But you know, being armed with such information and understanding that we will all go some day can be a blessing. If you can embrace such a mind set, then you will be a cut above many others who are constantly playing things safe. While I am not promoting living unsafe lives I am suggesting that we need to go out on a limb in our lives. By placing ourselves on a limb we will start taking chances and start seeking the purpose for which we were created.
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV
Sometimes that million dollar idea you get could be the legacy you leave behind. Others will leave hind a beautiful family and others will leave behind children to carry on their name who were endowed with the wisdom that God blessed them with. Our Founding Fathers, here in America, left behind a legacy of a republic with the blessing of inalienable rights…the Great American Experiment. I had two great great uncles who were in the Civil war on the side of the North. I also had a great great great uncle who fought on the side of the British Crown on one of Her Majesty’s Ships during the War of 1812. Talk about being caught in the middle, eh?? My father was in WWII in Germany and one of my Grandfathers was in the military just after WWI and an Uncle who was in Germany during the Korean War.
So, what is your legacy? What are you leaving for your family? What are you leaving the world? What are you leaving to testify that God was in your life while you walked this mortal coil, called earth? Search deeply in prayer and meditation on God’s Word…what does God want you to do? Keep in mind that you are dying, we are all dying, and what are you going to do to show the world that God was in your life?
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!