Life’s Legacy

It would be great to leave a more significant legacy

Genesis 10:1-32

Reference: These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood. (‭Genesis‬ ‭10‬:‭32‬ NIV)

Explore: When I was a child I wanted to be famous. I can remember thinking about my day and wondering how I would act it out on the big screen.

When I was a young adult I wanted to be well-known. I hoped to be recognised wherever I went and respected by people greater than me.

Now I’m an adult I just want to make an impact. I know I can have influence on the people I live with and work with, but it would be great to leave a more significant legacy.

I’m not sure what I will accomplish by the time I take my final breath. A few people will know my name and others I may have influenced.

But I feel I will continue to reflect on what kind of footprint I will leave behind.

Application: Noah would be one of the most well known characters from the Bible. With his ark full of animals, he’s recognised by those who go to church and even those who don’t.

His sons, however, are far less known. When reading this whole chapter in Genesis 10 about Noah’s sons, I realised they, too, played an important part in our history, and yet, I struggle to remember their names. In fact, there are hundreds of people in the Bible who have contributed to our faith that I wouldn’t even recognise.

And yet, God has done great things through their life.

They may not know the impact they have had, they would certainly never know how far into the future their names have come, but God weaves their names and their stories into history. That is all I could ask. That God would weave my story into His plan and His history.

Prayer: Lord, You have given each of us a life to contribute to this world. May we make each day count for You. Amen.

What impact are you hoping to make with your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.