One of the big questions we all have is, ‘What next?’ Many times it is simply at the conclusion of an event that we ask this, but sometimes we look at life as an event and ask this question. It is a good question, but it has two answers. My faith in the presence of a Heaven is one answer, but it isn’t even the end of the Christian life to simply make it to Heaven. The other answer is legacy.
Many times we forget that a legacy is built not by the great moments we have, but by the consistent effort we put in to building ourselves in readiness for them. I argue with the bard on this point,
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
in that all great men have achieved greatness by the work they put in to their lives every day. Those who are born great can easily be forgotten, or ruin a legacy they have inherited, without that daily rise to the challenge. The men who have greatness ‘thrust upon them’ are actually men who have prepared for that moment their whole lives, knowing it or not, for there are many who meet those moments and fail from a lack of character.
The funny thing about greatness is that it is a practice, not an event. Are you working on greatness?