The Australian Open Tennis Tournament has just happened. Well known, seeded players are battling it out with unknown or up and coming players. Some of the commentators are ex-players and comment on the game with knowledgeable suggestions about the player’s skills including what they need to do to win. The players game is pulled apart and analysed including the good and not so good, (you couldn’t call it bad, my tennis would be bad!)
An article I read lately about Andre Agassi, who retired about 13 years ago from tennis, inspired me. Even though he put 36 years of his life into tennis, (21 years being in competitions), on retiring he had to plan for what he would do for the next 36 years. In the interview, he described himself as a passionate person. Agassi explained, “I have a passion to do something that leaves a mark and affects people in the right way. As far as I’m concerned, tennis has only been a vehicle for me to do what we’ve done here.” ‘Here’ is a million-dollar, five-acre campus school built in the middle of one of Vegas’ poorest neighbourhoods. “The achievements I’ve had in tennis are not even in the same stratosphere as what we’re doing here.” The school, ‘Agassi Prep’ helps underprivileged kids by providing them with a good education even if the families can’t afford it. Seventy percent of the children at the school come from one-parent families. Andre Agassi wants to build a model that can work all over the state and all over the country, a legacy.
What are you doing in your life that you will be passed on to others? Is it a legacy that might not make you famous but people that know you will remember you by?
My husband, Bruce’s Dad was a gentleman that loved poetry, old jazz, music and cooking. I remember him because he was always trying to do everything well. He often did so many things perfectly and he was such a brilliant man! He could fix anything, and I mean anything! My children were only commenting the other day that only Pop could make buttered bread taste so good. I don’t know what he did but it melted in your mouth! While still alive he tried to pass on to his children and grandchildren a desire to strive for the best – always. That was the legacy he passed on.
What could yours be?
- Education – a love of learning?
- Truth – a love for justice?
- Hope – a love for a great future (don’t let yesterday hold you back)?
- Faith – a love for our creator, our God, our Father and a desire to know him more? Or,
- Justice – a love for people because they matter and deserve to be treated well?
The list of possible ‘legacies’ could potentially go on and on.
Andre Agassi was blessed with finances that he could use for himself or for others. He is using them to make this world a better place. Bruce’s Dad was given an attitude of excellence and performed this as a humble gentleman. What could you use? What do you have that you could pass on?
You could be the ONE person in someone’s life that cares enough about them to help them with their life. In scripture, Jesus tells the people off because they didn’t see Him thirsty or hungry, or needy or lonely, or dying or sick etc., They replied, ‘but we didn’t see you.’ His response was, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Go and look at what you have and what could you pass on to others, to the least of your brothers. Make it a legacy to this world causing His Kingdom come to this world now.