I believe, deep down inside, there is a need in each of us to want to be known for something we stand for. Not only do we want to be “seen” and “heard”, we also want to create a legacy that reminds people that we‘ve made a difference. Not egotistically, but more existentially. That our “being here” matters. That our presence on this earth changes things for the better.
This season of Bible study, we’ve been learning about making wise choices in the middle of the craziness and busyness of everyday life – figuring out how to make our “yeses” count and how to give our “noes” with kindness and wisdom. We’ve been learning to become people of Godly integrity.
Creating a legacy begins with becoming people who do what we believe. And, as believers in Christ, there no better place to start than to shape our actions to look like His.
So let me ask you, what do you believe?
For instance, do you believe that the words you speak honestly matter and that using them with wisdom creates an atmosphere of trust, change, and goodness? If so, become what you believe – stop gossiping, be truthful, and spread kindness with what you say.
“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips for telling lies.” Psalm 34:13, NIV
Do you believe God has important and relevant things to tell you and share with you through scripture? If so, become what you believe – spend time reading scripture, look for Him in all you do, devote time to prayer, and share what you learn with others.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure everything out on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6, MSG
Do you believe in the honest value of wise counsel and the growth that comes with deep relationship with others? If so, become what you believe – invest in Godly friendships, accept loving and constructive instruction from those you trust, offer help and support to those who need it, and offer your own wisdom when appropriate.
“A friend is always loyal, and a SISTER FRIEND is born for times of need!” Proverbs 17:17, NLT
Do you believe that God has your back, no matter what, and regardless of your circumstances at any given moment, He is already working behind the scenes for your greater good? If so, become what you believe – let Christ displace worry at the center of your spirit, practice living in the current moment with dependence on God to sustain you, consider that trials in life are simply the means by which your legacy is built, and trust that God’s got it.
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14.
Become what you believe. Life is a process – sometimes a messy one – of building layers of wisdom upon solid character and weaving love through the layers as we grow. Step one is this: know what you believe. And from there, walk it out, one step at a time, with Christ as your Guide. Create a living legacy that impacts the people around you not only for today, but for generations to come.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. THEN you can see God in the outside world.” Matthew 5:8, MSG
Your Best Yes decision is to simply start becoming and pursuing what you believe. And in doing so, you’re putting you own beautiful and lasting stamp on this world that you, indeed, were here.
If you are following along with The Best Yes with us, we are ALMOST finished! So this week, your homework is to finish any of the chapters in the main book you have left to read AND complete Session 6 in the Study Guide! WOW – what a great series this has been, don’t you think?! Be sure to head back here next week for our LAST session of this amazing study together! (And don’t worry – we have something “simply” great planned for our summer…!)
Peace, love, and joy!
Up Next Week: Wrapping it all up!