One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
How many times have I listened to the Hamilton Broadway Soundtrack? The limit does not exist.
There is a line in the last song of the show and it says “Legacy, legacy, what is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden we will never see”.
Call me a millennial who gives too much praise too soon, but I think Lin Manuel Miranda will go down in History as one of the greatest theatrical artist of all time.
The funny thing about legacy is that we pass stories from generation to generations. We all want our stories to impact the world in some way that they will outlive us.
The greatest legacy of all time is the story of Jesus Christ. The Holy Bible has been translated in 698 languages. His story has been told for thousands of years. He walked this planet over 2,000 years ago yet every single day someone new encounters him and his story in a new way.
There are obviously other legacies, different families that have made good (and even bad) impressions on the world. Look at the name Ford, or the name Washington. Whether it’s a brand of car, or a person who forever changed a country, the time we have on this planet is precious and what you do with it has the potential to outlive you for hundreds of years.
Our greatest shot at leaving a legacy however, is what we instill in the generation behind us. How will you raise your children, or teach the people who look up to you for mentorship. You are always someone to somebody.
People will always tarnish your good works, it’s just what they do. They may misinterpret your words. Look at Jesus. There have been many times where people fight for quote on quote love with hate. It’s was the very reason Jesus died for us, yet so many misinterpret his work.
Our job isn’t to worry about how our actions will be perceived, our job is to instill greatness in the generations behind us. We are to do good work. We are to do Kingdom work, and if you do kingdom work what will happen is a ripple affect that will give people hope to do what they were called to do, and so on and so fourth. So raise your children with love and light. Teach them what it means to be a good person. Follow your dreams and take care of the people God has placed in your inner circle. Be a good CEO, be someone people love to work with.
Your actions will outlive you.
Father God, thank you! Thank you lord for the love you have placed in our hearts. Thank you for the legacy you left behind. I pray we have the strength to continue to pass it along to the generations behind us. May we all instill greatness in the generations behind us. May we continue to do kingdom work. May our legacy be a direct reflection of your work. We love you with everything in us. In your mighty name we pray, Amen!