Dry roasted peanuts are very tasty. And the memories that come with a handful of these little nuggets of goodness are many. Most of them revolve around my Dad.
He was known in our family for liking dry roasted peanuts in a variety of ways: mixed with M&Ms; roasted with honey; in a trail mix; and just by themselves. So, as you can imagine, I can’t eat dry roasted peanuts without a memory of my Dad having a jar of these at his side as he watched sports on weekend afternoons.
My wife just bought some of these dry roasted peanuts along with a bag of candy corns. Believe it or not, the two of these mixed together tastes remarkably like a Butterfinger candy bar. Once again, the memories flow. My Dad’s dry roasted peanut legacy lives on.
But that’s not by any means the only thing my Dad left as a legacy. What’s far more important is the fact that he touched so many lives when he was alive that quite a few people came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ at his funeral. Nothing could be more important than an eternal difference made in someone’s life.
So what are you living for? Yourself? If not, why do you do anything at all? Just for the sake of knowing that you made a difference somehow? But for what reason? It’s certainly a selfish and self-centered existence to be living for yourself alone. But what guarantee do you have that anything else you do is going to last? Our motives can be very revealing.
This all comes into sharp focus when you’re living out what God would have you do with your life. An “eternity mindset”. A realization that every day has the ability to count for someone’s eternity and where they will spend it. My Dad had that kind of influence and I’m proud of that fact. I know God is using my life even more so to that end. And He is helping me to raise my two boys to be even more influential for His Kingdom than my life has been or will be. And that means everything to me!
Hopefully your legacy consists of something more than just dry roasted peanuts. If not, it can. I would encourage you to really think about how you do that. Regardless of what it is, it will have eternal consequences. So choose wisely, my friend. Your eternity depends on it!