The Secret to Leaving a Legacy?

(Today's post by Tim David)

1 Kings 16:8-34

It was a hot, July afternoon in 2008 when Judy, my wife, proposed her insane vision. Even to this day, I am convinced that being pregnant with our third child at the time, directly impaired her decision making ability. After wrestling a couple of days with her ideas, I did what any husband who valued peace in the house would do – I conceded! I didn’t believe her notion to be sanely driven, thus I believed it would fail; but there was a part of me that hoped it would succeed. Oh…I almost forgot – my 7th month pregnant, mom-of-two, beautiful “Love of My Life” (she reads this) suggested we start our own recruiting firm while the economy was in a tail spin. Yep…we were going to attempt jumping out of a plane without a parachute (at least not with one large enough for our family). As the idea sunk in, names like Rockefeller, Heinz, and S.C. Johnson started dancing around in my head. Then I started formulating a goal of having something to pass down to my kids…that’s when I started getting excited. Now, nearly completing our 5th year of being in business, I don’t wish this on my worst enemy. I am nowhere close to having a family legacy like the aforementioned family names, but I am building something. I mean, 5 ulcers should be investment enough for some type of legacy…right?

Look, this is going to be pretty sweet and to the point…How do you want to be remembered? I see the phrase, “As for the other events…are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?” There comes a point in everyone’s life where the question, “How am I going to be remembered” starts becoming a bit more relevant. For me it’s starting to happen at 35…our oldest is about to turn 9 – and he’s going to start remembering things. I don’t know about you, but I’ve excused a lot of my “lesser moments” with trying to remember back to that age – if I can’t, then…hey, they probably won’t either! I can remember 3rd grade…quite vividly…so Weston probably will also. Look, I don’t need anyone to point out the foolishness in my reasoning, it’s just something I’m starting to come to grips with.

Looking at this passage there is nothing redeemable about any of these guys. Asa kills off everyone associated with Baasha – gets drunk and is killed by Zimri, one of his commanders. Zimri gets seven days, but is killed by suicide. Omri’s soldiers won the battle for him, he rules and sets the stage for worst king Israel ever has…Ahab. 4 kings over 17 years and not a single redeeming quality is mentioned. In all reality, their lives were so debase of any morality that there’s not enough mentioned to draw any specific lessons from. Let that realization wash over you and then ask yourself this…

What would be recorded about you? I don’t want to be forgotten…just some blip on the U.S. Social Security database. 17 years is a fraction of a generation…that is how quickly sin can alter the course of an entire country. How much time do you think it would take him (Satan) to derail our families? I can’t help but let my mind wander to Joshua’s declaration, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

My takeaway is this:

– What will I do today that will be remembered?

Any thoughts…suggestions I think we all could use them!

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