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We have one life to live and we’re here for just a moment. But we can touch countless lives through our brief walk through this life. Though, to be fair, our legacy lives on after us. And our legacy matters because our story will continue to influence and impact others even after we’re gone.

It’s natural to want to be remembered and to know our life mattered. This speaks to our dignity and the sense of eternity God has set in our hearts. And this remains true even though some go to extremes and do stupid things to be remembered.

Our legacy is not about becoming famous or having people remember us for generations to come. While God might use our story in this way, it’s not the point. 

The point is for our story to be an example of light and goodness – reflecting God’s love in a dark world. And we can do this in simple yet profound ways with whatever humble story God has given us to live – and connecting with whoever God has placed in our path. 

For instance, this might be through how we love our wife and kids. This blesses them while also shaping future relationships. For better or worse, our legacy of love will influence the future marriage and family of our kids. And not only them. The love we show at home becomes a witness of what’s possible for everyone we happen to cross paths with. 

And this plays out in our work as well. Being faithful with the talents, gifts, and abilities God has given us leaves a legacy of using our strength to bring more life and goodness into the world. And this can inspire others to do the same in big and small ways. 

Whatever it looks like, in the end, the story of your life matters. Leave a legacy showing others God’s goodness at work through you. 

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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