Monday, June 20, 2011

SKITTLES, Part 3- LEGACY LESSONS

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Skittles Represent What You Have To OFFER.

"The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)

Here are the 4 things that make up your life: 1. TIME 2. TALENT 3. TREASURE 4. TONGUE (Words)
Key Question- The average life span is 25,550 days. How will your legacy impact those that come after you?

LEGACY LESSONS FROM ABRAHAM & LOT (GENESIS 13)
Legacy (Webster’s dictionary): something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.

LESSON #1- VALUE TODAY BUT VISUALIZE TOMORROW
“And without vision the people perish. . .” Proverbs 29:18
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” - Helen Keller 1880-1968
 I want to encourage you get a vision for your future.  Depression, discouragement & fear are present when hope is absent.  Allow God's divine vision for your life to give you faith for your future & hope in your circumstance.  Be specific.  Believe big. Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."  God responds to faith & He's so good that He even gives us even more than we expect.  

What Legacy Are You Passing Down To Future Generations?
EQUITY - our integrity, our determination, our godliness, every right decision we make, every time we resist temptation, every time we honor God & do the right thing.
INIQUITY - addictions, bad attitudes, bad habits, wrong mind-sets, poor choices, selfishness, lack of discipline.
Case Study of Max Jukes & Jonathan Edwards- click here

LESSON #2- GIVE A BLESSING TO OTHERS
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 (NIV)
“When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” Phil. 2:3 (NCV)
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.” Proverbs 3:27

4 Ways To Pass A Legacy Of Blessing To Others (see Genesis 27:26-29)
John Trent and Gary Smalley, in their book The Blessing, point out four practical ways that we can bless our children just as Isaac did.
1. TOUCH (Mark 10:16)
2. SPEAK (Proverbs 15:23)
3. ENCOURAGE (Proverbs 10:21, 1 Thess. 5:11)
4. REMIND (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Key Thought- How you spend your days (time) will determine what you become (talent), what you will make (treasure) & the impact that you’ll have on future generations (legacy).

My Prayer For You Today
Whatever you do, “ ...please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us.” 2 Cor 6:1 (MSG)