I write often about looking to the future and making sure one leaves behind a legacy. It is important to me not because I am dying. ( Not that I know of anyway) I speak on this subject for two reasons. One is to remind myself of the importance of the future and leaving a legacy and two to get the "would be reader" to think a little about his or hers future and legacy. I believe Jesus taught on this subject frequently. Science has even demonstrated a law which would back up this theory of mine. Sir Issac Newton's Third Law of motion states.( Newton believed in God by the way) " To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions." I know this refers to gravity and the moving around of objects;however, I believe God allows scientific discoveries to open the eyes to the unbelievers. Newton's third law means that all forces are interactions between two or more different bodies,and that there is no such thing as a unidirectional force or a force that acts on only one body.
This thought gives precedence to John Donne's thoughts on " No man is an island..."
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
John Donne (1572-1631). Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII
John Donne said that he was involved in mankind. He had an investment in mankind. There was someone much greater who also had an investment in mankind. His passion for us has never been matched and commands attention from the human race to take notice. His name was and is Jesus. His love is beyond this world and give credence to His investment into mankind.
Romans 8:37-39 The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. (38) I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can't be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces (39) or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.
Luke 19:10 Indeed, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save people who are lost."
The Savior of the world loved everyone so much that he was willing to die for all even those who think of themselves greater than he is. Those who convince themselves that their way of life is correct. Those who turn to their own wisdom and live selfish lives. Jesus thought about humanity more than He did for his own life.
Right now, you and I are writing the future. What we do or not do will have significant value for those who live after us. I have always been blessed to be a visionary or futurist in my life. Although, I have not always made good decisions. Sometimes, I have chosen to shed the thought of legacy because my selfishness got the best of me. Nonetheless, I can honestly say that 80% or more of my decision making has had a futuristic value in mind. I have prayed for my children's spouses since my children were babies. I have prayed for my grandchildren and great grandchildren since I was a teenager. I prayed for my future spouse when I was teenager even while I was dating girls in high school. Yes, I am strange that way or is that strange at all. I have confidence that my prayers to the great and almighty God will not come back void. My children will have God-fearing spouses who will serve Jesus. My grandchildren and their children and beyond will know this legacy of Christ. My God is not a force to reckon with. Hopefully one day, one of them will stumble upon this blog or read my personal journal. Our life can not be just about the here and now. The decisions we make could hinder or help future generations. I wish young people would grasp this truth. In today's world, it is all about the "ME". Most people don't understand the significance of their individual life. NO YOUR LIFE IS NOT YOUR LIFE. NO YOU CAN'T DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE. I believe I have given a spiritual and natural law that disputes this thought.
How can someone change their view point to one of " Writing for the Future."? I believe I have some simple truths which could help.
1. Stop thinking selfishly. ( First you have to admit you are a selfish person.)
2. Except the fullness of what Christ has for you.
3. Be more of a giver than a receiver.
4. Step outside your front door ( Most people never see the world as it truly is because they step outside from their own selfish world. There is a big world that has some pretty big problems.)
5. Make decision through and with Christ about the present and the future.
6. Forgive yourself when you make the wrong decisions.
7. Always be cautious of your legacy for life is short and your legacy might only have a few years of shining.
We are always writing the future for generations that have yet to live. What will be your legacy? What will be your manifesto? What will you leave behind? Will you leave behind that you were a follower of God's word or corrupter of God's word?