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Leaving a Legacy
“I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.” [Psalm 119:111, NASB ]
Prayer provides you with an eternal legacy. It not only enables you to leave a lasting legacy, but prayer becomes the legacy you leave. After learning about the prayer life of my grandmother, I understood the impact she left on me, the grandson who she never met. However, I also realized her example of prayer was the inheritance she left me. Her legacy traveled three generations into the future, touching her son, grandson, and great-grandson. Prayer enabled Eliza Bass Tippit to leave a legacy longer than she could have ever imagined. She inherited a legacy from her great-grandfather and great- grandmother and then passed it to future generations she would never see.
I do not think John and Delaney Bass, the great-grandparents of Eliza Bass Tippit, had the ability to comprehend the magnitude of the decisions they made when they joined the Rev. Joseph Willis to plant some of the first Protestant churches west of the Mississippi River. They could not have known that a third-great grandson would pioneer in evangelistic efforts in some of the most difficult places on the earth. I doubt they understood their legacy would thrust me into a worldwide ministry where many thousands would come to Christ.
Each of us has a history – a story that joins the providence of God with the personal decisions we make daily. That history creates a personal legacy to be left with our children and grandchildren. The heritage of our families becomes the history of our nation.
What we receive from yesterday and act upon today becomes legacy tomorrow. Good or bad, we are leaving a legacy for our children and grandchildren. The fact of our legacy cannot be changed. The kind of legacy we leave is yet to be determined.
Every believer should long to leave an eternal legacy with future generations. We must learn to view life with eyes that see more than the accumulation of things. We must live with eternity in our eyes, heaven as our home, and future generations in our hearts.
We leave an eternal legacy by embracing the past, making wise decisions today, and trusting God for the future through prayer.
Legacy is what our forefathers left us, and heritage is what we have received from them. Heritage is the suit of clothes that God gave us when we were born. He never makes two suits the same. Our personalities are an outgrowth of our heritage. Personality is neither positive nor negative. What we do with that personality is what really counts. How we use it is really what matters. However, when we learn to accept ourselves as God created us, we are on the road to becoming all He intended us to become and do all He has given us to do.
Our greatest achievements in life will come as we learn to accept the suit of clothes that God has given us and then live and work in those clothes. Embracing your heritage becomes the starting block for running the race God gave you to run. You have strengths and weaknesses. When you learn to identify those strengths and weaknesses, you have the ability to run with great success. You can then leave a legacy that will impact your children and grandchildren. Run with your focus on God’s glory for future generations.
Deuteronomy : Chapter 34
5) And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. 6) He buried him[a] in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7) Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8) The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. 9) Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit[b] of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses. 10) Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11) who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12) For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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