Life is short. God did not give me the nine lives of a cat. He gave me one life. Which is here for a moment and then gone forever, slipped into the realms of eternity. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” James 4:14. Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of Captain Bryan Anderson’s death known as Pepaw to us grand-kids. He died at seventy-nine having lived, not a perfect life and not a good enough life but a life totally committed to Jesus. That’s what made Pepaw great. The legacy of greatness doesn’t simply occur when one reaches the age of seventy, fifty or thirty even. Living a life of legacy starts with today.
- Greatness is following Jesus.
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and is himself destroyed or lost”? Luke 9:23-25. Greatness is following Jesus regardless of what others think and regardless of the cost. Because in the end the opinion of Jesus is the only one that matters.
- Greatness is loving people even those that won’t get you anywhere. Pepaw was very perceptive. He and Nana took time to talk to the waitress about Jesus at the restaurant or the cashier at the department store. My Pepaw saw people as important because God treasures people and sees them as important. One time the whole family was gathered together for a holiday or a birthday. Pepaw had us all watch a short film about children in other countries who had to trek miles every day just to fill a jug with filthy water. At the end of this film Pepaw spoke but his words held the tint of tears. I don’t remember his exact words but he said that he and Nana felt it was there God given duty to give to those who had less. Soon after he and Nana traveled to Guatemala and built a well. Now children drink clean water because of their gift. Pepaw is gone but his legacy of greatness had the power to outlive him.
- Greatness is serving. You will never be great if all you do is elevate yourself. Greatness is all about loving other people especially those who will never pay you back. Jesus, God Himself came to earth to serve. He died on the cross and rose again, paying the penalty of sin for a world that didn’t even love Him or accept Him. “But made Himself of no reputation and taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death even the death of a cross. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” Philp 2:7-8,10.
So today I challenge you to look to Jesus and to see people as beautiful treasures from God. He blessed you with one life and don’t you dare waste it.
Christmas four years ago. 🙂