What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?
Death is inevitable for every human being on the face of planet earth. There is not one human living today that will be another gravestone sitting in a cemetery. We all are going to die at one point in our lives, whether we want to or not. Even though we all are going to die, not all of us are living life like we are. As a culture, we are living like we are never going to die. We push the thought away and live our lives for ourselves. However, none of us know when we are going to die. For some people it could be tomorrow, for others, it could be sixty years from now. We just do not know.
I know that I personally want to live my life with the thought of death. I want to make every moment count. I want to build for myself a legacy that will be passed down to my (future) children. I want to pass down a legacy that won’t have my children embarrassed but rather proud of who their mother was. I do not want to follow the norms of society and live for tomorrow, but rather live for today. I just finished a book called Consider It Pure Joy, which is an auto-biography about a woman named Kristen Millian who was one of the co-founders of Inheritance of Hope. She died of terminal liver cancer in 2012, and this book was a story of her cancer journey. In the book her husband wrote, “Watching Kristen closely all these years has taught me that our lives really ought to be all about preparing to die. Sadly, most in our culture spend their entire lives pretending like they are never going to die. When the time comes, they will not be ready.”
Y’all, I do not want to live a life that attains for nothing. I want to live a life fighting the good fight, caring for people, and being the hands and feet of Jesus. I do not care if I ever become popular or famous. I do not care if my story is written down for people to read years after I am gone. I only care about creating the kind of legacy that Kristen did. She not only showed Jesus to everyone around her during her time on Earth, but her legacy still lives on and is impacting hundreds of people daily. Her legacy lives on in her children, her husband, and her non-profit that she helped start called Inheritance of Hope.
If having a sick parent with a terminal illness has taught me anything, it’s that being intentional with your time here on earth is all the matters. Making sure that you spend quality time with your family and friends, being the light to those around you in work and school. You never know when your time or someone else’s time is up. I would rather die knowing that I helped impact lives for Christ in my few short years on Earth than die at the age of 90 doing nothing for the kingdom. I would rather have a friend die and I know for a fact that I did my part in sharing the gospel to them than they die and never hear the gospel come from my lips because I was too scared to have the “hard conversations”.
Y’all these are people’s souls at risk. We are not just people with a soul, rather we are souls with a body. This body will pass away, but our soul will live forever in either heaven or hell. I have learned so much through my father having cancer and honestly as crazy as it sounds, I would not have it any other way. God allowed my father to get cancer for a reason and I am slowly starting to see why. God uses hard times in our lives to grow us closer to Him. God allows us to go through the trials so we can become more like Him.
God did not allow Kristen to go through cancer in vain. He had a much bigger plan for her life. Not only was she able to experience life to its fullest, but through her life, God was able to create an organization that would help hundreds of families going through the same trials of terminal cancer. God is in the business of creating beauty from ashes. Just because we may not know why God has taken us down the path that He has just know that He has already written your story and now it is just playing out in His perfect will!