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Will I Leave a Legacy?

Updated on September 8, 2017
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I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.


Our God-Given Potential

There are more than 7 billion people on this planet today. Each is uniquely created by God. They are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Yet most will never be famous for anything. Most will die in relative obscurity.

I sometimes wonder, as I get older, if I will ever make the mark on this world that I had hoped as a kid. We have such big dreams and plans in our youth that tend to get lost in the reality and trials of everyday life. And we think that maybe our plans may have been too lofty. Maybe we should shoot a little lower. But is that what God wants of us? Are we so sure that the original dreams that we had early in life are to be completely discarded in favor of more "realistic" goals?

I. The Death of Dreams

There is a story that was told of a man who died and went to heaven. He met the Lord and God introduced him to many wonderful people. And then they came upon someone sitting in the corner of a room. The man with God asked Him: " Who is that person?" The Lord replied: " That is the greatest orator who ever lived. He could hold an audience of thousands in the palm of his hand with his silver tongue, and his words could sway the masses to his point of view." The man then asked: "Then why have I never heard of this man?" God then sadly told him: "Because he never became an orator. He was too afraid, and never attempted to speak for me."

It was Henry David Thoreau who said that: "Most men live lives of quiet desperation." This tells me most are not living out what God intended. For it was our Lord Jesus Christ who said: "I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). We were meant to do more than live out our existence and make it safely from the cradle to the grave.

The words given originally to the people of Israel, could easily be said to God's people, the Church, today. In Jeremiah 29:11 He told them:

"For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."

However, so many forget that God can use them for far greater things than they can ever imagine, if they will but trust Him. Rather there are too many who die with their music still in them. They go into the grave, never knowing what a legacy they could have left because they either thought they couldn't, or they were never able to break their way out of that "comfort zone" due to the bubble of fear that surrounded them.

II. The Building of a Legacy

If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self, there would be so much that I'd tell him. I'd ask him to take more chances in following his dreams. I'd let him know that his goals were worthy and that God had created him for greatness and a purpose. I'd tell him not to be so afraid of what others thought and to concentrate more on what God thinks of him.

But why worry about the past. There is absolutely nothing I or anyone else can do to change what has already taken place. There is, however, the present that God has placed in my control. I can give that same advice to myself today. The truth is that, as long as I'm on this earth, God isn't through with me yet. Every new day that I face is a new chance to become what I could be. I can leave the legacy that the Lord intended me to leave. As long as I refuse to give up, and continue to push on, great things can still happen!


I am convinced that the greatest songs are yet to be written, and the most wonderful stories are yet to be told. The best contributions in the history of the world don't have to all be in the past. God has placed so much potential in each of us that we simply cannot have exhausted all of it. We have the resources within us to affect the world long after we are dead. The question is not: "Can I leave a legacy?" I undoubtedly can, with the help of Almighty God. The question that I, and every other Christian should ask is: "Will I choose to leave a legacy?" You've been given what you need in order to do it for His glory. All you have to do is answer: "By the grace of God, I will."


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      Jeff Shirley 3 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks Faith Reaper. It is indeed good to know that we are all part of the Divine plan and that God has a purpose for us greater than we can even imagine. May the Lord bless you and give you His peace!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Inspirational hub here full of beautiful truths from His Word. Yes, He is not through with me, praise Him!

      Up and more and away

      God bless you.

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      Jeff Shirley 3 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I appreciate your kind and encouraging words MsDora. It is good to be writing on Hub Pages, where I believe many people are in the process of leaving a written legacy. God bless!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      GodTalk, you will leave legacy, and it is a privilege that you still have time to shape it. I appreciate the read and the reflection caused by it. Thank you.

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      Jeff Shirley 3 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks sheilamyers for dropping by. And, by the way, I have no doubt that you have made and will continue to make a positive impact on many lives. Continue to follow our Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. There are many out there who continue to need your influence. Take care.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      This is an awesome message and is something I often think about. I know most people will never hear my name and I won't say or do anything that will affect large numbers of people. Well, God may still have that in mind and I'll follow his instructions. As I get older, I worry I'm not doing enough and think about what I'll leave behind as a legacy. My hope is there are at least some people I've helped along the way and made their life better and they pass that along to the next person. Thanks for the reminder that God has a plan for each of us and we need to carry it out whether or not we think we can.

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      Jeff Shirley 3 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks Bill for your comments. And thank you also for your writings as well. I haven't been on this site lately and have gotten a little behind in my reading but will catch up soon. God bless!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      That is one powerful hub, Brother! So much we need to take to heart. May this message speak to thousands today, and might we heed it! Thank you.