2013-11-08 / Chaplain's News

Building a legacy for others to follow

By Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy T. Sessions
USAF Chaplain

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)

I know of many people who want to leave some type of legacy behind when life comes to an end. The passage above gives great insight on how to do that. The first step any legacy builder must do is to find a strong foundation to build upon. If the foundation is weak, it doesn’t matter what type of materials you build with, eventually the structure will fall into ruins. The second part of building a legacy is to choose materials that will last, hold their value and are worthy of the foundation being built upon. If a legacy builder chooses wood, hay or straw, the structure will not stand up to the elements and will break down over time. If the legacy builder chooses to build with gold, silver and costly stone the structure will last forever and gain in value. If you seek to leave a lasting legacy of value, consider the foundation you use to build upon. Then consider the materials you build with. Are you doing things with your life that cause you and others to fall apart, or are you doing things that have a positive eternal impact?

Think deeply on the mark you are leaving behind for others to follow. What will be said of your impact in their lives? Decisions have eternal consequences. Let us be sure we are making right decisions today that will bring light to the generations that follow us.

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