“People who regularly spend about a quarter of their hours each day with family and friends are 12 times as likely to report feeling joyful rather than feeling stressed and anxious.” – http://news.gallup.com/poll/107692/social-time-crucial-daily-emotional-wellbeing.aspx
This week the Pastor preached, “Build legacies, not just memories.”
But memories are important – we are wired for social interactions and relationships are at the very heart of the Gospel. Love God. Love people.
I recently visited my cousin as he and his wife welcomed a new baby girl into the world. Her hair is thick and eyes, still unfocused – but she is the apple of his eye. By spending hours preparing for and caring for this new tiny girl – my cousin is building.
He used to build on our tree drizzled prairie farm too. As little explorers, my sister and I would follow him around carrying the wood pieces he chose to build with. And we would cheer him on as he assembled with nails and branches the finest tree-mansion an eight year old could imagine.
Anyone can build.
How do you know when you’re building memories that make a legacy?
That tree fort became my haven for songs, books, adventures and creativity. Climbing the claws of tree bark inspired me and brought value to my life. After spending time in the sky I would come down with more to offer world.
The day he pounded nails to make that fort – we built a memory I won’t ever forget.
The memory became a legacy because it changed me and the structure continued to change me.
When people change, a legacy emerges.
It took my cousin a few hours to build that house.
Time creates memories and holds both legacies and destinies.
What you are building depends on who owns your watch.
What factors determine how you spend time in a day? Does your email drive your schedule? Your cell phone? A rigid routine? Distractions?
When you own your watch – you can choose to spend hours making ladders for people to so they can climb and experience creativity, discover their gifts and find courage to try new things.
Legacies are not created by building something great – but by building great people. Jesus himself was the best example of this kind of extraordinary living. He came with a mission to invade every corner of the world with irresistible love, and he started with a rag tag team of twelve men. Fishermen and tax collectors. He built memories with them and helped them climb in faith, character, perseverance, hope, confidence, resilience and strength – and He set them free to leave a legacy that continues to change the world today – this is the Gospel.
What are you building? Who owns your watch?