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Legacy Beyond This World

The key to leadership is serving the need of people. The most successful leaders always have other people in mind upfront, because without them, leadership would have no meaning. This is also true about our relationship with our partner. We tend to think we need a relationship to make ourselves happy, but we barely think about the happiness and importance of other person. In fact, relationships are made of two sacrificial lovers who portrayed the unity of heaven on earth.

The person who gathers all or live for him or herself but never pays attention to other’s needs and concerns, is the poorest person on the planet. In the writings of Luke, Jesus teaches great principles on this point:

And He told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then He said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-19)

Here are three key points to learn from the parable:

  1. The man was rich materially but spiritually was poor- All the rich man thought about was to save more for himself, he never even thought of other’s needs. He also had a false security in having all his hope in his riches, while they were all taken away from him in a second.

  2. The rich man thought his spiritual emptiness can be filled with material possession- he took the approach many people in the world do- filling the emptiness inside with material gain

  3. Since the rich man only thought for himself, there was no one he would leave his legacy to- at the end of parable when God demanded his life, there was no one who would have his possession therefor the life he lived was useless- no legacy left for others.

Legacy is about leaving a better world than what you have found. Good question to ask ourselves is "How will I be remembered when I am no longer on earth?" The right answer to this question will lead us to many hearts and make us a truly rich person beyond our imagination.

Written&Copyright by Parsa Peykar

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