Your Ripple vs Your Resume

Galatians 6:9
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV)

Today’s Thought
When I was little my family did a lot of camping. And it wasn’t for novices! We’d portage into places that were virtually untouched by civilization.

One morning I got up early. The sun was rising and my dad was making a fire. We walked down to the lake. The water was like glass. Absolutely motionless.

Still.

So I grabbed a rock and launched it high into the sky. Down it came, crashing into the water. In about a second the rock was gone, stuck deep in the mud at the bottom of the lake. But because the water had been so still, the ripples kept going… and going… and going.

That’s like your life.

Long after you’re out of sight, the ripples of your life keep going… and going… and going.

Too often we think our legacy has to do with how nice our house is, or how many successes we’ve piled up, or how much is in our bank account. Being “successful” in those ways can be a source of shallow pride, just how being un-successful in those ways can feed feelings of failure.

But houses, achievements, picture-perfect relationships, and money (or the lack thereof) are not the sum total of your impact.

Your legacy is your ripple, not your resume.

Key conversations ripple outward beyond your death. “Being there” for someone at the right time has an impact that ripples outward beyond your death. When you persevere through hardship or uncertainty you set an example for others that ripples outward beyond your death.

So today, stress less about how “impressive” you are. Instead, be mindful of the positive impression you leave in the people God has placed in your life.

Your legacy is your ripple, not your resume.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is based on my Sunday podcast at Westminster called “The Ripple vs. The Resume.” If you want to listen in you can do so here. Enjoy!

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