I was talking to a friend about leaving a legacy and it got me to thinking about what that really means. Webster defines legacy as a gift by will especially of money or other personal property. The legacy is often something that is cherished sometimes more than the people it’s being left to. And if you were to ask most people associate the word legacy with a business but a legacy is much more than that.
The Rev. Billy Graham recently passed away and as I watched his funeral I saw how much he was loved but more importantly I saw how one decision he made has reached far and wide. He lived his entire life with one goal in mind – tell people about Jesus. That’s it. Nothing added to it, nothing taken away from it. And he understood that it wasn’t just about talking the talk, you have to walk the walk.
He was an example of what a Godly man should be and his crusades gave thousands of people the opportunity to give their life to Jesus. The thing that I’ve heard most since his death was that was he was a humble man who loved the word of God. It was more important to him that people know Jesus and not Billy Graham.
So as his legacy continues on in America and throughout the world my prayer is that we as Christians try to remember that our focus shouldn’t be on ourselves but on staying true to our core message – God’s love and Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.