Creating a Legacy, Why it’s Important

by Tereciah on March 5, 2013


Creating a Legacy, Why it’s Important

by: Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Recently I was listening to a podcast where the speaker made this statement: are you building a monument or creating a legacy? He was speaking on the topic of God’s calling in our lives.

I pressed paused on my iPhone and sat and thought about that question for a good 5 minutes. I had never put into perspective the work I was doing as creating a legacy. I knew what God placed in my heart to do and I was doing it the best I could, but the way the speaker presented it totally opened my eyes!

Whether you have a business or a ministry, you need to have a vision for it. Where do you see it going? How will it affect others in the world?

As I continued to listen to the podcast it made me realize that many people thinks about 20-30 years into the future and that’s it.
We get so busy working the vision. Imagining how it will be once we got it where it was self-functioning, sweating blood and tears that many times we don’t think past the immediate future.

Well, my friends, it’s time to start thinking generations!

Proverbs 13:22 says that a good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.

When most people read that sentence they automatically assume inheritance means money. Well, not necessarily.

The inheritance you leave can be wisdom, knowledge, resources, patterns, connections, and yes, even finances. King David left the pattern for the temple to be built and he also left resources and connections to do it. He was thinking generational. God had already told him that he would always have a descendant on the throne. He also left writings that have endured thousands of years and is still touching and impacting lives over and over!

“We must [learn] to take responsibility for a generation we will never see.”

What am I getting at here? I’m trying to tell you that if God has placed a desire in your heart to make a change in the world either through business or ministry, then you need to start thinking about impacting future generations and not just the here and now’s.

Your work, whatever it is, should cause a shift, a revival, and a catalyst in any generation that gets a hold of it. See yourself writing, designing, building, making, or developing for future generations. When you do the work God has placed on your heart think not only of the lives you can and will impact now, today, but start thinking 50, 100 or 300 years from now.

Do you remember Alexander Bell? Yep, he developed, tested and created the first telephone. A discovery that today, 100 plus years later is impacting many generations. Generations that was in his future! His goal was to develop a way people could communicate easier and better, but look what came of it? Cell phones and telegraphs and so much more!

Realize that our desire for change is not for us but for those after us. When they read your book or hear your story or learn about your experiment, it will cause them to go from a walk to a run. A run to complete what have been placed in their hearts to do.

If you don’t plan for generations after you then your knowledge, wisdom, etc., will only last for the current generation it is in.

If you are a writer, write so that your work will have an impact 100 years from now. If a singer, that your songs will affect change in people’s heart, mind and soul 200 years (think about the song Amazing Grace) from now.

If you are a painter, a composer, an evangelist, a preacher, Bible teacher, a prophet, or even and entrepreneur, think your children’s children. Think generations!

Don’t develop a monument to yourself, in other words don’t just build to be known. Develop and leave a legacy.  Build it to impact a generation you will not see but can guide!

To your greatness!

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