Just a few weeks ago, President Barack Obama ended his term, handing off the highest office in our land to (now) President Trump. Now, don’t worry: This isn’t a post about Trump, Obama, or politics. But that transition has me thinking about moments in which we have the opportunity to define ourselves, to determine the values we will live by and the legacy we will leave.
When you get elected president—even though your life is much longer than those four or eight years—what people remember about you is shaped by what you do during that time. Almost everything done before or after becomes a footnote to an incredibly intense defining moment as president.
You probably haven’t been elected president of anything lately, but there are still key moments in your life when you have to decide what is going to define the rest of your life and what values and principles are going to shape how you live.
Near the end of his life, the Apostle Paul gives a farewell speech that summarizes the values he’s lived by. He’s saying goodbye to the church leaders in Ephesus, where he’s spent the previous three years. As far as he knows, he’s never going to see any of those guys again. He is headed to Jerusalem and then to Rome, where he assumes he’s going to be martyred. (History tells us that he’s right.)
A man’s final words are probably the most significant; it’s what he most wants others to remember. If you were making a farewell speech, what would you include? A list of your accomplishments? Words of wisdom for how to be successful?
Paul’s last words are about generosity. Continue Reading…