In the newsroom, we call it a “trifecta,” and it’s a macabre way to deal with bad news. Here’s what the term means: almost every time a famous person dies, two others of equal fame or infamy die soon after. When legends die, reporters speculate about their legacies.
But you don’t have to be married to someone famous, start your own university or have a TV show to leave a legacy. Before you reach the finish line in your race of life, ask yourself what your legacy could be.
When I run a literal race, I often go faster when the finish line is in sight. Coaches fuss at me, “If you have enough energy to pick it up, you are holding back during the run.”
As we are propelled toward that final finish line, we may all be guilty of holding back. In our status-conscious, time-starved, fearing-to-offend world, it makes sense that we hold back. We want to be cool, not crazy. We want to rest, not revolutionize. We want to share, not shake up. We fear fatigue, pain and ridicule.
But in a world where a generation in Africa is growing up as orphans, where people are being executed for their beliefs, and in a nation where so-called role models are arrested too often, it’s time for us to get out of our comfort zones. Let our goodness arise from the mire that is destroying hope and shortchanging futures. There’s nothing to fear.
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed…” I Peter 3:13-14 (NIV)
Don’t hold back. Run your swiftest. Pick a passion, make it a ministry, and better the world. You may not be called a legend when you die, but you will leave a legacy.