Monday, June 10, 2013

What Are You Leaving Behind?

            Our beloved little puppy like most puppies has moments of destruction.  Sure it’s minor compared to big dogs, however Mojo likes to rip open things and pull out the stuffing.  You can see in this picture a trail of stuffing that’s been left behind.  You know where Mojo has been, and where he went just by looking at it.

            Our lives on this earth are like that.  What kind of trails are we leaving behind?  What do people see when we leave a room?  Are we leaving Godly character and legacy or are we leaving a mess behind. 

            I remember once hearing Maya Angelou speak and she was saying that when she has a party and people come over, if she hears someone speaking negative she’ll politely ask them to leave.  She doesn’t want their words clinging to the carpet and hanging around in her home.  That has always stayed with me.

            We forget that our lives, our words, and our very being is leaving a trail.  It is easy to forget this.  It is easy to think that it will continue forever, but unless the Lord tarries we’ll all say our final good-byes on this earth.  What will we leave behind?

James 4:14 (ESV)14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

            In a few year span of time several people I’ve known and loved have moved in with Jesus.  The relocation can be difficult, and I know I’ll see them again.  Losing them all makes me think more and more about the time I have on this earth.  Remember this as you go throughout your day.  What kind of legacy are you leaving?  What kind of legacy do you want to leave?  How can you live a life that you want people to remember you?

Remember God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

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