Friday, April 23, 2010

Day 23: Sandcastles - Creating A Lasting Legacy

Creating A Lasting Legacy - Based on One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook

Life Lesson (from journal): "How many of us are using our resources to build a permanent foundation beneath our sandcastles? If we truly want to leave an eternally enduring legacy, then we need to look beyond our home, our investment portfolio, and our heirloom jewelry. If we're going to leave a legacy that the waves of time can't wash away, we need to do an on-site inspection of the life we're currently building. We must honestly evaluate the castle we're constructing to make sure it's not made of sinking sand."

Kerry and Chris Shook opens Day 23 by talking about how their kids used to love building sand castles at the beach. They would use the ocean water to glue it together, but when the tides came in or someone came by and destroyed it eventually, they were okay with it because it was temporary and they knew that they could always build another one. Have you been so caught up in your work or busy all the time because you are building something that will only be temporary if you were to die today. Kerry and Chris Shook really stresses the importance of relationships with family, friends, associates, etc., because these are the relationships that will stand the test of time when you are no longer here to speak for yourself. They will continue to carry on your name and the great things you did for them and express them to others. This life goes beyond how much money you have and can save in your bank account, the stock market, or 401K.

....only when I live to influence others for Him will I leave an enduring legacy. (Kerry and Chris Shook response)

*If a friend said to you, "This is my life. I can do whatever I want with it," what might be your response Or what would you like your response to be? (Suggested Readings for this: 1Chronicles 29:10-16; Psalm 100:3; Romans 14:7-9; 1Corinthians 4:7; 1Corinthians 6:19-20; 2Corinthians 5:14-15)

My Answer: I'm not a pushy person when it comes to people doing what they want with their life. However, if I had a friend who told me the following words above, I would be sure to let him or her know that this life is temporary and we are here for a reason. We have so much time to fulfill our purpose in this life before we leave it. There are too many graves being dug 6 feet to put dead bodies in who have finished their time here. The money and material things that people have can't go with them so it would be wise to figure out what's most important. No one really knows what to expect once they die, we have a Bible that does give some inside information, but until we leave this life and die to it, that's when we for ourselves will see what's really to come. So, yes, this is your life, but make sure you have done what you were put in this life to do, just in case, you die and have a surprise that you were warned about and didn't capitalize on when you were brought through this life, to complete. People always say that life is short, but I believe also, as heard in a movie once that "life is what you make it".

....Obey God, because He gives you just enough time to do everything you need to do. (Kerry and Chris Shook response)
 "God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how." -Henry Ward Beecher

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