The Legacy we leave: It seems, for me anyway… that I am always wanting to be something, or someone… that I’m not…can’t be, will never be. You know…someone ‘great’ …and powerful…and, of course…highly respected… held in awe. That’s me!
But the FACT is… I don’t even scratch the surface. There is one thing that I know about myself… and that’s my own limitations. If I think I can’t succeed in something… I don’t even bother trying. I ONLY try those things that I feel CONFIDENT in achieving. Being someone… held in high esteem…someone to be emulated, or someone GREAT … all… out of my reach. I accept that.
But… It doesn’t keep me from ‘dreaming’ about it… on occasion. It kind’a keeps thing s in perspective for me. It brings me ‘down to earth.’ It would seem that that is what the Mother of Zebedee’s sons wanted for ‘her two boys’… James and John…seemingly… the two favored disciples of Jesus. Doesn’t it seem somewhat ‘silly’ that she would approach Jesus with such a request… her son’s being two fully grown men… who could speak for themselves… yet there was Mama… standing up for them.
Matthew 20:20-28 – Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Well… it’s taken me… almost 78 years, more particularly in the last 5 years… to realize that I…too, am destined to be a SERVENT. It was an awakening for me. I’ve spent a lifetime trying to be ‘somebody.’ Not GREAT…just someone of consequence. I admit it.
But God, in His Infinite Wisdom… has grounded me. He has taught me … that ‘by serving others’… I am great…at least in the ‘Eyes of God.’ The FACT is… spiritually speaking… I am ‘more happy’… more joyful, more comfortable in my spirituality… more ‘at ease’ with my spiritual journey. I’m more CONFIDENT that I have…finally… found my PURPOSE.
The scripture that brought me to this realization was Matthew 29:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I wrote on this subject in yesterday’s posting… that being… “reading a certain scripture many, many times, and NEVER realizing what the passage really meant.” Some 5 years ago… I FINALLY realized that Jesus was ‘talking directly to me,’ and I had been ignoring Him for some 50 years, or so. I always thought… He’s talking about someone else…the minister, the priest, or spiritual leader…NOT ME! I admit it…again, I was WRONG. God was TALKING to me. God was saying to me… get off your lazy tail and get out in the highways and byways… and TALK about ME. In the last 5 years, I written over 1800 articles, or “daily postings,” using my website…BrOOKS-of-WISDOM (www.charlesbrooks.com) and LinkedIn… as the ‘vehicle’ of choice. The “internet” is my pulpit…shall we say.
So…as to my LEGACY… I want to be known as a ‘bond servant’ of Our Lord Jesus Christ.