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What kind of Legacy do you want to leave?

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What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Here in the United States, Father’s Day is almost here. And at this time of year, there is always a lot of talk about the kind of legacy a father should leave for his children.

But I believe the subject of legacy should apply to more than fathers. That’s because we all leave some kind of legacy – whether we are trying to or not.

What is a legacy? Something you leave behind. That includes possessions that we pass on to the next generation. But it’s so much more than things. We are all capable of leaving either a positive or negative legacy, based on the people we have influenced and the principles that we have lived and taught.

Do you ever think  “What kind of a legacy am I leaving for my children, my church, my job and yes even my life and death?



How to LEAD!!!


When we talk about leadership and we want to know how to lead. It is very important to realize that we must be able to “bring something to the table” If we are going to lead people we need to be able to offer them something they now possess. that means we need to be able to help them become better in some area of there lives.

Not only must we encourage them but also give them some tools that will help them move ahead in their lives. How can we make them better people. If the people are not growing and moving forward in their lives, they have just wasted their time and energy.
So it is very important for us to grow ourselves so they we will be able to grow others. I ask parents all the time, ‘how are you leading your children?’ They will not do what you say, they will only do what you do. It is the same with the people you are trying to lead, they will become what you are not what you want.
Keep growing and moving ahead in your life and Leadership.

We all have influence, the big question is what kind of influence do YOU have?


Have you ever thought of yourself as an influencer or someone who has been given influence over other people? Whether you realize it or not you are an INFLUENCER!!

If you are a housewife you have influence over your children, if you are a husband you have influence over your wife and your children. If you are a married woman you have a great deal of influence over your husband. you have all heard the saying, “behind every successful man is a great woman helping.” This statement is so true, we all help others reach higher levels of achievement than we can ever do on our own.
An influencer ENLARGES people. The best way to enlarge people is to take steps to enlarge YOURSELF. As you enlarge yourself you will not be able to stop enlarging others around you. As you grow everything around you grows. As your influence grows the influence of others will grow around you. EVERYTHING GETS BETTER.
Make sure your influence is POSITIVE and not NEGATIVE. We all have influence the big question is what kind of influence do I have? YOU MAKE THE CHOICE.





I was just thinking about leadership and what I wanted to accomplish in my own leadership and influence in the church.

I was reading an actable in the Charisma magazine  and there was an article about Pastor Jack Hayford. Pastor Jack is celebrating his 80 birthday and is still going strong. He spent many years as the head of “four Square Denomination” as well as pastoring for many years. He then started “Kings University” which at the present time has over 8 campus locations in the U.S.
Never a black mark against Pastor Jack, never  a black mark that would ruin his ministry or deplete his influence. I think this is what true leadership is all about. It’s not about all that we can do for the Lord, but what we are willing to allow the Lord to do through us. And Pastor Jack Hayford has been a true example of what The Lord wants to do in and through all of us. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL AND KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON THE LORD.


To be a leader or a nurturer we must learn to be other-minded, instead of self-minded. Put others first instead of putting our-selves first. It would be good to always be able to put ourselves in others people’s place before we judge them by what they do.
 A poor self-concept can have all kinds of negative effects on a person’s life. Poet T.S. Eliot says, “Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.”
The rewards of leading and nurturing are many, when you nurturer people the rewards are many.
Everyone needs help with their self-worth. We all have a background, a past that we most likely need to overcome. A healthy self-image comes from how you think and feel about yourself. When you help build up other people you help them with feeling better about themselves. EVERYONE needs to be lifted up and nurtured.
 Belonging is one of humans basic needs. Everyone want to feel like they belong to something or someone. This is the reason why so many people join all the different clubs that are available to them. They join so they feel like they belong to something. This is an important need in everyone’s life.
 Another thing people receive when they are nurtured is a better, perspective on themselves. Most of the time we get and see the negative side of life and not enough of the positive side of life. For most people it’s not what they are that holds, it’s what they think they’re not.
 WOODY ALLEN ONCE QUIPPED, ” My only regret in life is that I’m not someone else.” He probably said that to get a laugh but the sad fact is that a lot of people are always wanting to be something or someone else rather then themselves.
 Mark Twain warned, ” Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions, small people always do that.” The key to how you treat people lies in how you think about them. It’s a matter of attitude. HOW YOU ACT REVEALS WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
“Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already was what he potentially could be, and you make him what he could be.”


Picture6Influence doesn’t come to us instantaneously; it grows by stages. Everyone has influence of some kind, the mom, the school teacher, the business owner, the worker at the plant. All of them have influence with someone and over someone. The question is not do I have influence, the question is WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE DO I HAVE? Influence with people can be either GOOD OR BAD. The drug gangs on the streets of every major city has influence over young kids they are trying to get into their gangs. The problem is, it’s the wrong kind of influence. It is not leading young people the way they should be going. A mother has influence over her children, what is she teaching them? RIGHT OR WRONG?

People who really want to make a difference in people’s lives will have an influence in people’s lives that is positive that will lead them where they really want to go and NEED TO GO. I want to influence people in a direction that will help them go in the right direction. That is not always easy, but it is the best way.

Influence starts small and it grows in stages. Where ever you are right now, make up your mind that you are going forward with a positive attitude and with stages of influence that will make this a better world to live in.



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