Monday, November 12, 2007

Leaving A Legacy

Are you on this planet to do something, or are you here just for something to do? If you’re on this planet to do something, then what is it? What difference will you make? What will be your legacy?

I believe that we need to be thinking about what our legacies will be, throughout all the days of our lives.

"What will be your legacy?" does not have a single answer or a right answer. It's not like a math problem with a formula we can offer. Asking the question about legacy brings forward another central observation. Being a leader brings with it a responsibility to do something of significance that makes families, communities, work organizations, nations, the environment, and the world better places than they are.

Each of us has to answer these questions for ourselves before we can change the world, make a difference, and leave a legacy. I learned that if we are going to be authentic in our leadership, we have to be willing to serve, and mobilize others to serve a purpose.

We'll all be remembered for something. The question is, for what? What will others say about you when you're no longer around? Each of us lives on in the memories we create, and in the lives we touch. We guarantee that what people will say about you will not be about what you achieved for yourself but what you achieved for others.

I have decided to leave a legacy in my life to serve God and others.

6 comments:

Kc said...

I pray I would also leave a legacy of love for God and others through service. Everything else will pass away.

Great article Sis.

audrey` said...

Dearest Kitty

This is a very meaningful post.
It's a wake up call to me =)

Thank you.
Take care, sister.

Ross McPhee said...

A pertinent question indeed. I have the sense that this season of my life is going to affect my future direction, and also the legacy that I leave, whether this be to loved ones or others. That's why I'm trying to use it to deepen my relationship with God, amongst other things.

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Kc, thanks brother! I am sure you'll leave a legacy. You are already doing that through love for God and others in the blogosphere, and no doubt in your life.

Kitty Cheng said...

Dearest Audrey, thanks! Yes I guess we need to be intentional about leaving a legacy don't we? You're very welcome sister.

Kitty Cheng said...

Ross, it's great to know that you are in a season of deepening your relationship with God, so as to leave a legacy to your loved ones or others. Let's keep each other in prayers brother!

Hey I really hope to see you at the World Team dinner. Two of our missionaries who serve as church planters in the Philippines will be sharing. It'll definitely be worth your while coming along.