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Building for the Future:Leaving a Legacy You Can Be Proud Of!PEOPLE BUILDING for the future get somewhere in life. They begin with the end in view. Goals enable them to stay focused on where they are going and how they are going to get there.Developmental psychologists tell us the final stages of life involve productivity and integrity. That is quite an admission from secularists who often tell us to indulge our passions and curiosity. But even they realize that when you get on with life, your life needs to become productive, satisfying, and fulfilling.Selfish people don’t think about the future. They expend everything in the present. When the future finally arrives, as it always does, they often find themselves in bitterness and despair. Living for today doesn’t prepare us well for tomorrow.When we get to the end of the line, we need to be on the right track. We ought to be able to look back over our lives with a sense of integrity. We need to feel that we did the best we could; that we made right choices, corrected wrong choices, and left a positive legacy behind for our family and friends.Developmental stages in life are generally charted like this:StageQualityInfancyTrustChildhoodPurposeAdolescenceIdentityEarly AdulthoodIntimacyMiddle AgeProductivityOld Age
IntegrityThe idea of legacy building is often discussed in books about older adults. The Southern Baptist churches have even formed a men’s ministry called Legacy Builders. Most of us want to be remembered beyond our own time. We want to make a difference in our lifetime and leave something behind that we can be proud of: a solid marriage, a family estate, and an inheritance for our children. But most of all, we need to leave behind a testimony of God’s grace in our lives.If we make the wrong decisions when we are young, we tend to set our lives on the wrong course. Once you’re moving in the wrong direction, it is difficult to reverse yourself and turn around. God can intervene to help us, but we are often left with the regrets of wasted years.A Simple InvitationThe sooner you get focused on where you are going, the better off you will be in the long run. Twenty-five years ago, I met a dynamic young businessman in Clearwater, Florida, named Herman Bailey. He had blond hair and blue eyes and dressed like a Gentleman’s Quarterly model. You couldn’t miss him if you tried! He made an immediate impression on everyone he met.Herman was wrestling with making a commitment to full-time Christian service. I didn’t realize it at the time, but he was also going through some very serious personal struggles. As these intensified, he began to think seriously about taking his own life.In the meantime, we moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where I began teaching at Liberty University. One morning, I stopped off at a local restaurant for breakfast and ran into Herman.

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