As I sit here writing this post, I take a few minutes to think about all of the things that I have to be grateful for at this moment in my life. I am very happy and thankful for the love and mercy of God. Without that many of you would be visiting me in the cemetery and leaving some nice flowers on the spot that would mark me and my life. When I take that into consideration, I wonder what I need to be doing to make my legacy known to the world. If I was to leave this place tomorrow, how many people would even know that I existed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be famous or extremely admired or known worldwide. I am just wondering if I am doing anything to make the world a better place??? Have I been the best father, husband, friend, employee, mentor, helper, that I can be. Am I using the talent(s) that God has given me to multiply them so that I can return to Him more than He has given to me? Am I being a good stewart with all that the Lord has given me? My wife, my children, my family? Matthew 25:14 tells the story of a man who gave his servants talents, one got five, another got two and the last got one….
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
What can I do to ensure that when my Lord returns and asks of me what have I done with all that he has provided me, that I am able to show a faithful return and growth of what He in entrusted me with? What will my legacy be? Will I hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant?”
What will yours be?