For me, this subject isn’t about what other people can do for the world, but what I can do for it. Growing up my mother used to tell my siblings and me, “Always leave things better than you found them.” The older I get, her words translate more and more every day into, “Always leave people better than you found them.”
The most important legacy that one can leave behind for their generations and for the world isn’t something always physically tangible. I feel that being more self-aware of the impact that we each have in the lives of one another and our surroundings can change society.
It is our everyday speech, actions, thoughts, and the inner workings of one’s own heart that gives us each the power to build our legacies for the positive. It is the reality that we have each created and possess within ourselves that is brought out into the world creating a “footprint.”
This “footprint” can be something spiritual, emotional, or physical and can either leave something negative or positive for society to work with. The choice, however, is up to us on which one to leave and what realities about ourselves we choose to accept and live out on a day to day basis.
By walking (and sometimes sprinting and running) through life, it is important that we as individuals make a decision to be sensitive to the things that matter, and let go of the things that don’t. I believe that by living life on an “on-purpose” basis and stopping to see the bigger picture, we have a chance to leave things and people better than we found them.
The most important decision that I feel I have made was to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior over my life.(Yes, this is about Him!) Although some might not see it as a big deal, I do because it has solidified everything that I felt was true about the world. When the truth is spoken to you, it resonates what you already know in your heart. That is what I felt when someone first introduced the Gospel to me.
Since I grew up never going to church or reading the Bible, my knowledge of what constituted a “Christian” was limited and skewed. I really didn’t even know why people went to church or the purpose of prayer; however, when the opportunity arrived for someone to share these things with me, my curiosity got the best of me and I found myself asking many questions.
I’m reminded of a quote spoken by Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” This is significant because within my walk with Christ not only have I grown as a person and learned about God, the Bible, and how the world works, but most importantly, I’ve learned about His love and how He wants us to live. For me, this decision wasn’t about giving up my life to be controlled, but rather, give it structure and a purpose to be free in who I am and extend my gifts to others.
In living on purpose, I don’t mean just consuming and being spontaneous, but being concise and on-purpose with every opportunity and person. Living to grow and leave not just a physical legacy, but one of good character and “pay it forward.” A legacy that people can look back on and see that it wasn’t me doing these things, but God Himself working through an ordinary person in an extraordinary way. I may not know the real reason that I’m here until the very end, but it is safe to say that a part of my purpose is to love and just “be.”
If you haven’t thought about giving your life to Christ, I ask you to take a moment and reconsider. I know you’ll be glad you did.
Right before we were scheduled to officially launch our Studio’s grand opening there was a tragic event at Pulse Nightclub. Many were killed and many more were injured. We reached out to our community in Jacksonville to help with the processing of grief and confusion by offering a free art journaling session.
This is just my thought, especially since this is an election year, but I think that it is important for Americans to vote. Yes, I said it and I believe it because it allows for your voice to be heard. Although there are those that might feel disfranchised by their government because there is no such thing as an “honest” politician, voting does show generally what the nation as a whole wants. Politicians cannot address certain issues, such as education, for example, if students and parents do not vote.
Voting honors past sacrifices and our history, at least that’s my opinion. America has fought many wars in the name of freedom, and I feel that for citizens to not put in their two cents for the sake of continuing that freedom is a real shame for not only our future but for our future generations. After all, voting and democracy is a luxury not found in many countries throughout the world. As a citizen of the free world,
I feel that one should exercise every right they possess while they are still considered free. If it is change that our society seeks, then we must take advantage of our power to vote and place the people in office that have the capability and the desire to make that change.
If you haven’t registered to vote or if you have registered and haven’t voted for some of the reasons I mentioned above, maybe you might want to reconsider.
As for me and all the other fellow voters, we hope to see you at the polls!