Saturday, October 16, 2010

Heritage and Legacy

Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Psalms 119:111

We are each a recipient of a family heritage and we are producing a heritage by the life we live.  Each of us provides a thread in the tapestry of humanity.  We receive characteristics from our ancestry; we are molded by the social culture we are born into.  Yet, God gives us the responsibility and the privilege to choose our heritage.  We are created to be His children and receive the abundance of all He has planned; too often we choose an earthly inheritance--failing to realize the frailty of it!  We fail to realize that any inheritance outside of God's kingdom will lead to death and destruction.  Our lives matter; they are a tremendous gift.  We must invest it for eternity.

The scripture passage this verse is lifted from offers great encouragement to choose wisely.  The Psalmist reminds us that the view which fills the heart with rejoicing focuses upon the testimonies of God.  Eyes fixed on the path illuminated by God's Word will lead us into His abundant blessings.  The testimonies of God will bring joy into our heart as we seek to follow His way.  Perhaps more importantly, the trail we mark for those who walk with us and for those who come behind becomes the heritage we leave!  Our lives count for more than today.  Let's purpose in our hearts to fix our eyes firmly on Jesus claim our inheritance and lead others to the source of legacies of life.

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