While we may say we put others first, do we really? Are we craving fame and chasing titles while doing our best to convince those around us that it’s not about us? Or maybe we are shameless and forthright about the fact that our reputation is our priority?
I want you to think about those that you have known that have passed away in your lifetime– what do you remember about them? How they always looked put together and had a nice car? How they knew every important person in America and scaled the corporate ladder? OR how they served? How they dropped whatever they were doing so that they could be there for someone else?
I might be going out on a limb by saying this but I would venture to say your connection with that person was not ignited during a time when they were feeding their reputation but rather in a time when they were focused on leaving a legacy. Genuine connections are always established through vulnerability, intentionality and our investment in others.
So– what are you about? Like really, really. Don’t save face with a politically correct answer. Don’t avoid the question because it’s uncomfortable. Dig deep & ask yourself: what is your focus?
I know the world constantly begs me to feed my reputation and don’t get me wrong, I certainly fall prey many of times; however, I yearn to leave a legacy that points to the only person worth remembering: Jesus.
May we approach today with a servants heart, leaving others better than we found them and our world better than it was yesterday.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” -1 Timothy 6:6