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Jul 15

Our Legacy

Posted by: Steve Marr

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We will all leave a legacy. The question is what type of legacy will we leave behind? Often it is one event we don't realize makes as big a difference as it does that becomes the legacy others remember. I will use examples from politicians because they are known to most people. However, I use them for example only and not to make any political statement.

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Cameron promised to give the people a chance to vote about their connection in the European Union. He believed the vote would be "no" and campaigned aggressively against Britain leaving the European Union. When he lost the vote, he resigned as prime minister. Regardless of your perspective, he will always be known as the Prime Minister responsible for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, not for other actions he took as prime minister.

Senator Ted Kennedy will always be remembered for the tragedy that occurred on the bridge at Chappaquiddick. President Bill Clinton will be remembered largely for his indiscretion with Monica Lewinsky.  President Nixon will always be defined by the Watergate scandal while President Gerald Ford will go down in history for pardoning Richard Nixon.

When I see individuals stumble, I've learned to reflect on the words of James. “We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” (James 3:2, NIV)  Clearly we all make mistakes. I try to separate mistakes from sin because not every mistake is sinful. When I work with individuals who have slipped into sin I frequently use Jesus' words from scripture "Go now and leave your life of sin." (John 8:11, NIV) While we make mistakes, we need to learn that sin requires that we turn from sin and go forward with the Lord's forgiveness.

We will all leave a legacy, but we shouldn't leave it to chance.  We can define our legacy. However, in order to leave a good legacy; we need to act wisely and avoid sin.

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