This morning I attended an event for Seattle area pastors in our denomination. It was good to see people that I have known for a long time and briefly catch up. I usually don’t like small talk events but lately these things have been more an more valuable to me as I try to build my network of colleagues, friends and resource people.
The person who spoke was actually the pastor of the church I grew up in. He did a great job. I learned some stuff and I was encouraged. The most important thing that I walked away with from that event was this: you don’t know ahead of time what your legacy is going to be. This pastor has impacted my life, and the lives of thousands of other people. He has consistently done the things that he felt God was calling him to do, and not really worried about exactly how things would be thought of or remembered.
If you are busy trying to control your image then that’s going to be your legacy. But if you do the things that you are supposed to do. Guess what . . . that’s going to be your legacy. I would much rather be remembered as someone who was authentic and consistent.
Stop trying to control your legacy and start doing the things you are supposed to do.