Leaving a Legacy

I was reading the daily devotions of Joel Osteen in his blog: http://www.joelosteen.com/HopeForToday/JoelAndVictoriasBlog/Pages/JoelVictoriasBlog.aspx and one of his articles left a deep impression in me. 8) Below is the devotion on the April 1 2009:

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1)

Have you ever thought about the legacy you are building? Every action, every word, every decision you make impacts your life and future generations. What do you want to leave behind? What do you want people to know about you? What do you want them to say when you are gone?

Last week, there was a story in the news about one of our church members, Rene Tijerina. Rene wasn’t born into wealth or privilege. In fact, he came from a pretty tough neighborhood; but when he became an adult, he began attending Lakewood Church and turned his life around. Rene spent his time reaching out to the people in his neighborhood–and everywhere he went–with a message of faith and hope in God. He even hosted a weekly Bible study in his own home. His life became a beacon of hope and love in that dark environment, and as one family member put it, “Rene changed his life and he wanted to see everyone else change their lives for the better.”

Tragically, last Sunday Rene’s 16–year–old son was in a car accident. When Rene tried to cross a freeway barricade to help his son, he fell through a gap in the pavement and was killed. It was Rene’s final act of selflessness. We were all saddened by the news and our hearts and prayers go out to the Tijerina family. We know Rene will be greatly missed. But at the same time, we rejoice with the angels in heaven for a life well lived. Rene lived selflessly. He did not seek accolades for his good works, and in fact, it was not until after his death that many of his kind actions have come to light. I can only imagine him now in heaven being received into the arms of Jesus and hearing the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” May we all strive to leave a legacy of newsworthy faith and generosity.

You can read the news article and watch the news here: Father Dies Helping Son, Also Helped Many

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