How will you be remembered after you die? Will you even be remembered at all? Your LEGACY depends more on your CHARACTER than on your ACHIEVEMENTS.
King Solomon makes this point very clear in Proverbs 10:7, “The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” (NIV) You will be remembered more for who you were than what you did.
The most important thing about you is your character—that’s who you really are on the inside. As H. Jackson Brown, Jr. said, “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” Jesus summarized character this way: “By their fruit shall you know them.” (Matthew 7:16).
Do you want to know the fate of a person? Just look at their character. As Heraclitus so eloquently penned, “A man’s character is his fate.” Your character determines your fate in life, good or bad.
My favorite movie of all-time is Gladiator and my favorite quote in the movie is when General Maximus Meridius says to his soldiers, “What we do in life, echoes in eternity.” Your actions today have implications for eternity.
Remember, what you do today is not only shaping your character, it is defining your legacy. As John Donne astutely observed: “No man is an island unto himself.” So many lives depend on what you today—so choose wisely!
- Brian Alarid is the Lead Pastor of Passion Church and President of Passion Leadership College. He has a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and a Bachelor's degree in Theology. Brian has been married to Mercy for 16years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.