Apology in Advance for a Brief History Lesson:
As you may know, John Quincy Adams opposed the removal of the Native Americans from their land and he fought passionately against slavery. Now, he was always quite hostile to slavery, but he grew even more hostile to it later in life. Adams even became a leading opponent of slave power and articulated a theory whereby the president could abolish slavery by using his war powers (smells a bit like what ended up happening with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863). But after a lifetime of fighting for the rights of others, on February 23, he died with his wife and youngest son at his side in the Speaker's Room inside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. An obscure one-term congressman named Abraham Lincoln was assigned to the committee making his funeral arrangements.
We don't know why Abraham Lincoln was assigned to handle the funeral, but I wonder if he asked to be on the committee. Because what John Quincy Adams fought for, Abraham Lincoln continued. He picked up the mantel and marched onward.
That's influence, that's legacy.
Outlive your life!
~ Max Lucado
This is what we do, we out live our life. Whether its our own children, students we minister to, or the friends and family around us. We influence, we pass on the mission. We carry the vision of Jesus' passion. Don't forget today who you are and the influence you have. Live it out and pass it on.