What legacy will you leave?

I was at home recently and my cat, Kiki, jumped up on my lap for some petting.  Now, you may not like cats, but I have always loved cats.  My cat is a "people" cat.  She is fine with letting complete strangers pet her, pick her up, and rub her belly.

It was very pleasant to have Kiki lying on my lap, but it made me think that I was starting to get old.

You know, Grandpas are the ones that sit around snoozing with a sleepy kitty cat lying on their lap.

Why is it that my image is of an older person having the cat lying on their lap?  I think that it is in part due to the fact that there will be a day when we will grow older.  There is coming a day when sitting in a rocking chair may be all that we can do.

I can promise you that when you get to a point that all you can pysically do is sit around, your mind will still be at work!  Your thoughts become much more active and clear while sitting around.  I mean that is all you will be able to do!

So my question is this:

What will you be thinking about?

Will you be fully satisfied that you did absolutely everything you could with what God had given you?  Will you know that you did everything you possibly could?

Based on statistical evidence, I am at or near half-time of my life!  I am 33 years old and nearly half-way done!

Have I done everything I could with what God has entrusted to me?  Have I effectively managed the money He has provided me?  Have I effectively managed the family He has given me?  Have I effectively used the gifts/talents He has provided me?

At the end of the day, when my youth and vitality is gone and a cat is dozing in my lap, will I be able to say, "I gave it my level best.  I gave it my all."?

At this point of my life, I can honestly say that I am giving it my all!

Can you say that? 

One Response to “What legacy will you leave?”

  1. Rich Brott May 1, 2007 at 10:16 pm #

    Some additional thoughts concerning what God has entrusted us with…

    Talent is on loan from God. We did not deserve God’s love and forgiveness. Possessions and talent are responsibilities entrusted to us. We are responsible to multiply those gifts and funds entrusted to us. (Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27

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