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By Abel's faith, he still speaks. Now, Abel didn't do a lot in the Bible. He didn't lead the people for decades like Moses or strike out boldly like Abraham or stand up to hostility like Elijah. Abel was killed by his brother, the first victim of the first murder. But his faith left a legacy, just as Enoch's and Noah's.
The Bible is filled with characters who lead boldly with integrity, and there are also a lot of individuals who, em, could have done better. And there's a sea of people who pass briefly through the frame without leaving heavy footprints. Each one, however, still speaks.
Our faith leaves a legacy. You interact with countless people (well, less these days, I suppose) throughout the days, weeks, and months, and you leave a legacy with each one. Some will remember us better than others, and the question for us is this: how does our faith lead us to leave a positive legacy? What kind of impact will you have on the lives of those around you? How will your life point to God's grace? What words will you choose to convey grace and peace?
We can choose every day how to conduct our lives. How we interact with the people around us is the choice we make that will craft our legacies. Even with those in our past, our lives still speak. What will you say?