Leaving a Legacy

Dr. J. Robert Clinto, professor of Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary, has studied carefully the lives of more than 900 Biblical, historical and contemporary Christian leaders. His research, which is presented in Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life (NavPress, 1992, with Paul D. Stanley), indicates that those who finish well have the following common characteristics:

  • Perspective that enabled them to focus.
  • Intimacy with Christ and repeated experiences of inner renewal.
  • Discipline in important areas of life.
  • A positive learning attitude in their lives.
  • A network of meaningful relationships including several important mentors.

Maybe it’s time to get to know those who work for us. Maybe it’s time to get rid of activities that have no lasting impact. Maybe it’s time to live the values we believe in. Maybe it’s time to merge our faith world with our business world, removing the dualism of our existence. Maybe it’s time for to focus more on our relationships in the workplace, in our communities and in our homes. These are the types of legacies that endure for generations and generations.

There are many examples of legacies we might live and leave. These options can be exercised in your chosen profession, church, community and family to help ensure a godly legacy:

  • Keep a journal to pass on to your loved ones.
  • Mentor someone in spiritual, professional or personal matters.
  • Invest intentional time in the lives of your family members.
  • Establish a life plan that will manage your life in accordance with Biblical beliefs, values, worldview and motives.
  • Live out your faith by winning, enfolding, equipping or deploying faithful followers of Christ.
  • Invest in others by becoming actively involved in a ministry area.
  • Serve as a stimulus for change that betters the world.
  • Build an organization or movement that can serve as a channel through which God can work.
  • Use your profession as a vehicle to improve the lives of employees.
  • Contribute financial resources to further God’s kingdom on earth.
  • Be a loving, godly husband, father, son, brother, or grandfather to those who should mean the most to you.

Live your life for an audience of One!

Jeff Wilson

(excerpts reprinted from Life @ Work, Dr. Greg Bourgond)

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