Lou Holtz, the famous football coach had so many one-liners and quotes which stood out that someone compiled a book of most of his quotes and quotes from other sports coaches. One of my favorites from Holtz says, “When I die, my accomplishments will eventually be forgotten. But what I’ve invested in my players will continue to live on.”
I agree with a passage I read in a devotional this week which said, “The best legacy is not what we leave for people. It’s what we leave in people.”
After I read this I begin to think of the people who have invested in my life.
There are so many but a few key ones, who took the time to help me grow and develop as a person, taught me skills by passing on their knowledge and shared the goodness of God. I am so thankful for the ones who left a positive mark on my life. I don’t want to even think about how it would have affected me if they hadn’t took time to invest in me.
You don’t have to be a coach to make life investments. We all have life experiences, talents, skills and bits of wisdom we should invest in someone else’s life. Keeping the things we’ve learned, our skills, talents, life experiences and wisdom to ourselves isn’t what we are supposed to do.
There’s a wealth of knowledge God has entrusted us with. It would be wrong to keep it to ourselves. The right thing to do is to pass it on. Sort of like a “responsibility to the next generation.”
Consider leaving your mark an honor. Leave a BIG MARK that will make a difference long after you are gone. Leave one so big and so significant that it will live on because you took time to invest in someone else.
Investing brings out the best in both the giver and receiver.
A quote from Harry Firestone says it best, “You get the best out of others, when you give the best of yourself.”