Your life should be lived in such a way that when your
gone, your legacy remains.
When you die, will your dreams and ideas remain in the hearts and minds of your children and grandchildren?
When we have a dream for our life, it should connect us to other dreamers.
A dream that is real will never disconnect or isolate you from your loved ones.
Real dreams unite people and inspire them to create things that make life better.
I have found a bullet-proof way to stay focused on a dream…
I focus on the end result and work backwards from there.
Even the bible counsels us to do this.
“Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been
done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure”
I have dreamed since I was young of someday writing a
That is the end result that I work toward every day.
It is madness when we fail to plan for the end of our lives.
I have made the choice to leave a positive legacy behind for my children and their children.
How do I plan on doing that?
My life and the impact I have is no accident.
The choices I make will impact my family for generations.
I try to remember that when I make decisions and am in pursuit of a dream.
In the Bible in 2 Kings 20, we read about king Hezikiah.
He was wicked and selfish.
The Lord spared his life and gave him 15 more years to live, but warned that his sons would be captured and forced to become slaves with no possibility to have sons.
King Hezikiah was not worried at all about his children’s future, he only cared about himself.
We are living in a Hezikiah Generation.
A good parent will beg to have the punishment placed on them and spare their children.
They will do anything in their power to provide a good life and future for their children.
Selfish parents only care for themselves and their comfort.
If you doubt that we are living in a Hezikiah Generation, simply look around you.
*We have a 13 trillion-dollar debt and yet we just keep spending like the money will never run out.
*We set aside the very laws that were established to ensure this Nation would be great so that we can please a small minority of people.
* More and more people are CHOOSING unemployment because it is so much easier to collect a welfare check, which is adding the amount of debt our nation carries.
The moral foundations of our society are collapsing so that we can have our desires fulfilled in our lifetime.
We act with little or no regard for the impact our choices will have on our children.
As a single mother, I work very hard to provide for my children. I do not receive assistance of any kind. I do not say this to brag, or to judge anyone, I just say this to illustrate my point.
I have made the choice to NOT add to the debt our Nation carries.
I have chosen to roll up my sleeves and work hard, to go without most of my “WANTS”, and to persist no matter what until my children were raised and established as adults.
The greatest dream of my life…
The dream I hold most dear
Is that my posterity will be blessed- not cursed because of me.
I have 6 questions that I ask myself often.
I am going to present those questions to you now.
As you read them I want you to answer them as honestly as you possibly can.
These are powerful questions that can really have a positive impact on your life.
What will they say at my funeral?
At my grandmothers funeral there was not enough time to tell all the good stories.
We all laughed,
but mostly we thanked God for the blessing she was and continues to be to us all.
That is the way I want my family to talk about me at my funeral.
In one word…What will my legacy be?
Think about it.
When you hear the name Ted Bundy, for example what word comes to mind? Murderer.
Sister Teresa? Mercy.
Jack the Ripper? Monster.
So when your life is over…What word will those who knew you use to describe you?
Godly- Generous- healer-friend-loyal…
Am I Spending my life…or Investing it?
That one is pretty self-explanatory.
Are you wasting time WISHING
or are you WORKING to make your dreams a reality?
Will there be a legacy left behind when you leave,
or just a bunch of people who are really glad your gone?
Do I give any thought to how my actions will affect the next generation?
The things we do will affect our children.
It is up to you to decide if the effects will be positive or negative.
What habits am I cultivating that will ensure that I have a legacy to leave my children?
Am I teaching my children the habits that healthy, contributing members of society possess?
Am I teaching them to be responsible?
Do they know how deeply loved they are?
Have I made a difference in their lives?
Do you have faith in your dreams?
Faith sees. It sees the things that are not seen.
Faith speaks . Do you talk to others about your dream?
Faith steps. Real faith requires action, are you taking steps toward your dream?
As a mother, I have learned that I MUST live my life by faith.
If I stand back and wait for the dream to happen I am SPENDING my life, and there won’t be anything of value left when I am gone.
I believe in my dreams.
I speak of them often.
Every day I take steps that will ensure that I will
I know that I will be remembered when I am gone.
I know this because every day I CONSCIOUSLY INVEST in my life.
I love my children deeply.
I am a good and loyal friend, sister, and daughter.
I love Jeff completely and deeply.
I do those things that matter, and I do them often!
100 years from now I want the things I did, and the person I was to still be blessing my posterity.