Over this past weekend I was truly blessed to have met a legendary figure known as,
Sister Antona Ebo. She played a key role at the march in Selma being the only black nun down there representing. In my 26 years of living I have never been so humbled to be in the presence of a person until I was able to meet this beautiful spirit. She truly represented Psalms 23:4 in the most honorable way.
“Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.” NIV Psalms 23:4
What I took away from our encounter: To leave behind a legacy you must know what you love to do, and why you are doing it.
Here are three questions to ask yourself when making the connection to your legacy:
- If today were my last day on earth would I do what I’m about to do now?
Think for a minute. God put us all here to serve a specific purpose. There is something we all do, that if given the right time and effort; we would change the world drastically. You know what your purpose is because most of the time it comes naturally for you and not that much for others. Pay attention to the feeling that comes just thinking about it. That’s a sign or what I call God’s whisper telling you to capitalize on it.
- Will my children benefit from the life I have lived?
To all the parents out there I know you understand how important this is to think about. To the rest like myself who don’t have kids, we still have to think of the future because we will eventually have a family. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your child thank you for setting the example for them to follow once they are grown? As one hip hop artist Jadakiss said in a song, “Live for your kids and die for yourself.” Do it for the fam and not the gram.
- Would you kill a world to save yourself?
This is ultimate to me because it deals with your character. I know we all haven our personal agendas for the life we live, but at the end of the day, we are in this to make a contribution to this world. God set things up like this for a reason. Getting pass the “It’s all about me” phase puts us in a different form that allows us to be most creative because we know the bigger picture.
Always remember that YOU have the power to change anything. Our legacies are being shaped on the daily basis with every idea we bring into existence. A book I recommend to understand your legacy better is one called Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell. It talks about learning to see the greatness you already possess instead of looking outside of yourself for fulfillment.
I thank you all for taking the time to read this.
If you have a topic you would like discussed or just a question in general you can email me at ghasspeed@Gmail.com or add me on Facebook at:
Gerard McClure Jr.
Peace and Love.