Exhortations

Legacy

Legacy is what we want to be remembered for.

We always plan or dream of leaving a legacy when we depart. Our parents’ Legacy may reflect how we were raised, reared, and brought up, and we may also serve as a witness to how they lived their lives together. Some parents are successful in how they rear their children so that the children come to grow up their way. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that our parents did their best to raise us, and one is to believe in our Creator,  God the Father, and make us draw near Him and love God at an early age. 

Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” It is one of God’s few written words about Legacy in the Bible. According to Webster’s Dictionary, Legacy is a gift by will, especially of money or other personal property or endowment. She left us a legacy of a million dollars, transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or the past, the Legacy of the ancient philosophers. The war left a legacy of pain and suffering— Merriam Webster.

There is a saying that Parents leave a legacy of discipline to their children, while grandparents leave a legacy of love. Both sides share the Legacy of love and respect in different ways. But on the other side, there is also a legacy of pain and suffering, wherein the children blame their parents for bringing them into this world in poverty. The children born rich don’t care because it becomes so natural, and they don’t even acknowledge or appreciate the parents for that golden spoon. 

What Kind of Legacy are you working on now that you want others to remember you? Do you want to be remembered as a religious person, or do you want to be remembered as a loving person who shares his blessings with the needy? Many left this world with the hope of everlasting life. Hope is a legacy that many believers pass through generations. Hope extends life worth living; without hope, there is no need to dream of a good life as hope strengthens us to put our imagination to work. Unfortunately, for some, it’s all about money. Is it all about gaining wealth for poor individuals and more wealth for already wealthy people? What kind of Legacy do these people want? Unfortunately, they want to be remembered as money-making machines and do not care about the impact they would have on others when all they think about is the power of money.   

People helping people reflects what Jesus commanded about love. Still, it is difficult for many people to fully practice the commandments of love because of human behavior if not human nature. Pride, anger, envy, greediness, and self-righteousness, to name a few, overshadow the human nature of love. We have to fight a good fight of faith to lift love above these behaviors.

Eventually, the story of a person’s life reflects their Legacy. Legacy is not limited to a specific individual; there could be a legacy of friendship, organization, family, and even marriage. Any accomplishments and experiences worth remembering, like our birthright, heritage, and beliefs shared by our parents, could be part of our Legacy. Legacy is about our inheritance and relationship with God, established as infants.   

1 Timothy 6:6—”Godliness with contentment is great gain.” Sometimes, when we ask for more, we end up disappointed. God filled our needs, and anything beyond that leads to human wants and sometimes ends in waste. Do not let our wants dictate because it is short-lived happiness.

You will feel contentment when you share the overflowing blessing you received from God. God bless those who bless you. The Bible says, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed—Proverbs 19:17.

Proverbs 13:22— “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” A Testator is the one who writes the testament, and like Philanthropists, their names and legacies are written in the hearts of those who benefited from it, and their work may influence others to do the same. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. Matthew 6:19-21. Let us add what Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:18: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”

1 Timothy 5:8— “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, especially their household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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