Legacy has become almost a buzzword today. Over time the word legacy has had times and seasons of high and low use. If you look at the graph, you will see that since 1950 the use started to increase and then around 1970 it greatly increased.
The use started to level off in 2019. The use of the word legacy became popular as the business of life, and the digital age grew. That is not blaming; it is just the confirmation that when we feel stress, we begin to ask, “what is it for ?”.
Knowing that we are crafting a legacy of fruit that remains helps us prioritize and maximize our individual legacies. We all want to know that what we are investing in will bear fruit and be something that lasts and stands after completing our course in God.
As defined, legacy is our heritage or inheritance, which we all understand, but because we are all called to have fruit that remains, our legacy is so much more.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
The Latin root of this word is in “legate,” an ambassador or messenger. Our legacy is a message of what God did through us and is an ambassador for who God is to all. That is the fruit that remains long after us.
Friends, everyone reads your legacy as you live it, even if you never pick up a pen. We are all creating a legacy every day, whether we do it with intention or live life as it happens.
Read here is a noun because it is something people name and will take with them into their life as they watch yours. It is interpreted and extracted by the elements that you embrace and practice in your life and legacy.
When hearing this, you may say, “who follows my life?” My life is not interesting or amazing; sometimes, I don’t want to look at my life! I understand and feel that way myself sometimes. But the truth is, if you and I were not still producing fruit, we would no longer be here. But what fruit are we producing, and is it fruit that will remain?
The thought that legacy is only when your finances or personal possessions are given to family or friends, again will not go according to your wishes unless you are intentional about that process and take time to arrange for your desires to be carried out.
But our legacy is more than the above. Our legacy is crafted throughout our life, and it is our responsibility to take ownership of that building process.
We would not hire a house to be built for those we love or ourselves and never check in on it until moving day! Anything we want to share with those we love, we pay attention to, we are intentional about. Your legacy is being shared with those you love, and with those God allows you to watch it and take note.
Legacy is such a powerful part of God’s plan for our lives. As part of my sharing my legacy, I am doing a podcast series with legacy tips. Each tip is short and covers subjects like:
Those topics are just of the few that are included in the “Legacy Tips” podcast. I know everyone’s life is crazy and busy, so each of them is ten minutes or less.
Remember, that legacy is the life we live, the choices we make, the truths we share, and the love we unconditionally give, knowing no one is perfect, but we can all bear fruit and fruit that will remain.
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