This past week was a notable week of celebrating the lives of remarkable leaders in America who left a monumental imprint on the world of entertainment and politics. From the passing of the Queen of Soul music, Aretha Franklin, to the celebrated life of Neil Simon, one of the most popular and prolific playwrights and screenwriters of the second half of the 20th century to Robin Leach of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, to the war hero and statesman, John McCain, last week was indeed a monumental passing of the baton in so many ways.
But perhaps one you didn’t hear about was Sister Nirmala Joshi, the Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity, who also passed away this week. Indian politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi praised her work for the poor in the eastern city of Kolkata (aka Calcutta), India, where the charity is based.
Yes, this past week was certainly a remarkable week of remembrance in America as we celebrated the life of numerous world leaders for distinctly different reasons. So what makes the difference between getting to the end of your life as a hero or heroine and getting to the end of your life as nothing more than a has-been…forgotten and only vaguely missed?
Today, we are looking at how to end your life saying, “I’m glad I did”…as opposed to living a life of regret, thinking in your final days, “I wish I had.”
As we look at the lives of those ever-famous celebrities who passed this week, we see these five common traits.
President George W. Bush remembered John McCain on Saturday after the senator died at the age of eighty-one, saying, “Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.”
Wall Street Journal called John McCain a “principled leader.” CNN described him as a “War Hero. Statesman. Maverick, and one of the leading voices in American politics.”
Many have been prisoners of war and many have served the U.S. Senate, but what made John McCain a hero is one singular trait: sacrificial courage to stand for his convictions in the midst of adversity.
Legacy lives beyond two generations and sustains past a century of impact. Whether good or bad, a legacy is generational. For good, it is a gift or inheritance passed down to future generations. But if it is the legacy of a sin-wretched soul, it is a curse passed down throughout the years until one brave soul chooses to step up and break the cycle and shift the legacy of generations to come.
Here is the bottom line: You will leave an imprint on this world. The question Is, “What kind of imprint will you leave?” Will you be remembered as a success who made a name for themselves and whose worth is summed up by the talent or possessions they personally obtained?” Will yours be a life of significance that impacted others to dream, grow, and live beyond their mundane existence for something greater?
Or will you be a legacy leader that is never forgotten because you lived to outlast your lifetime. Will you build a name for yourself or a legacy for others to sustain your work, your music, your passion or your inventions?
Jesus, the greatest legacy leader of all times, did not come to simply lead people to Himself. Instead, He said, “All that I do is to point to the Father.” He wowed us with His abilities and grit. He moved us with significant sacrifice. But He left legacy by sending His Holy Spirit to empower US…. for generations upon generations to do what He did and love like He loved.
How will you live your life? For success, significance or legacy?
As a highly sought after speaker, thought leader, author and singer/songwriter, Staci Wallace’s messages of uncompromising boldness and truth equip leaders to be sent into the marketplace as the hands and feet of Jesus. With over 10 years in Executive Corporate Leadership, 15 in global ministry and 29 years in raising networks into the hundreds of thousands in direct sales, Staci's desire is to support the local church and resource leaders with tools and teams that equip leaders and send them to the four corners of the earth. Her distinctions in business success have enabled her to share the stage with five U.S. Presidents and many other high profile leaders of this generation as well as to be a featured life coach for he featured "Life Coach" for such shows as KTHV's Morning Show, NBC, ABC, FOX and is the current host of the "Warrior DNA" Live Broadcasts.