Spirituality is one of my nine core values. I have learned that spirituality is not a smooth road. It is full of twist and turns. It is not a straight line from point “A” to point “B”. There is much more movement in real spiritual growth. The important thing is to keep your eyes on Jesus, and when we notice we have taken our eyes off Jesus, refocus them on Jesus.
Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” I have learned that the more I give the less financial struggles I have. Zig Ziglar says, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Then he points out “that is a philosophy, not a tactic.” In other words, our motivation for giving should NOT be because we might receive. Giving is a reward in and of itself. Giving makes me more like Jesus.
Leaving a Legacy
Peter Drucker said, “There is no success without a successor.” This is an area where I want to continue to grow. As I get older I better understand the significance of passing on what spirituality and contribution we have brought to this world. This is something I want to be more intentional about.
All three of these go together. Spirituality, contribution, and leaving a legacy seem to be a part of each other. I believe Jesus was the perfect embodiment of all three.
No one was ever more connected to God than was Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate giver, giving up the comfort of heaven to come to this earth and be mistreated and killed for the sins of the world. The legacy that he left is evidenced by the continued influence of the Christian faith.
My hope is that I will continue to grow in all three of these areas. I have many models to follow in these three areas, but the greatest model is Jesus. If I want to grow spiritually, give generously, and leave a legacy that will live on long after I am dead then Jesus is my perfect example to follow.
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