Each of us is creating a legacy. The influence of our lives will leave an imprint on all those the Lord has brought into our lives for us to touch and influence. Today's proverb reminds us that our legacy will live far beyond physical bodies, and we must strategically consider how that legacy may impact future generations. If our lives are righteous, that legacy will be an ongoing blessing as stories of grace are passed on to future generations. On the other hand, if our lives have been given to wickedness, we will leave behind the lingering stench of something useful gone sour and something lasting given over to rot and decay.
Almighty God, may my life be a sweet blessing to all I influence — my friends and family, my brothers and sisters in Christ — long after my physical appearance is gone. May this be true spiritually and physically. May my influence bring you glory and lead others to know you and your grace. Forgive me when I fail to see or remember the length of the shadow my influence casts, and help me to see those you have purposely sent my way to touch with your grace. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
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