Each of us leaves a legacy after this life, and each of us is a beneficiary of the legacy left by the generations before us. At the same time, most of us would confess to taking our legacy for granted and seldom taking it seriously. Most of us would also admit to not knowing how to leave a valuable legacy that would impact the generations to come.
Three incidents in recent months have taught me precious lessons about legacy. In June, I encountered an elderly couple who have been serving the Lord in the marketplace for decades as architects. They presented a substantial donation intended for continuing the legacy of their late father in supporting theological education.
What surprised me was that this godly and generous couple insisted on anonymity, perhaps until a time they would be ready to share more openly. Their fervency for the kingdom of God is inspiring. They would like to see the servants of God sent to SBC benefit from this donation with high-quality theological education, especially students from developing countries. I am sure they are leaving a powerful legacy for the generations after them.
Then in August, a former SBC employee, Mr. Lee Chun Chong, passed into the glory with the Lord at age 103. He retired as our caretaker in 1992. Many of our colleagues and alumni have missed Uncle Lee, especially his laughter and jokes, and his legendary greeting of “Good morning!” that could be heard in every corner of the campus.
One of his sons sent a note with a cheque on behalf of his mother and household: “Feeling honoured to have worked at SBC, our father, Lee Chun Chong, often asked us if ‘SBC is doing fine’ toward his last years.” Uncle Lee’s legacy involved touching many lives during his service at SBC, and now through his family, he has given us a heart-warming story worth sharing with many.
Finally, one night in the same week, after a prayer of thanksgiving for the wonderful testimonies of legacies, I received a message from an alumnus who asked for information about the College in order to prepare a will. I was shocked and asked about his health. He clarified it was because he had been encouraging a church member to bequeath her legacy to theological education.
I was very moved by his thoughtfulness for the College. I asked why he recommended SBC to the donor. He simply replied, “I have always had a strong sense of belonging to my alma mater, and I believe in the mission of SBC.”
That night, my heart overflowed with sacrifices of thanksgiving before the Lord. I prayed that, for the sake of future generations, I would be able to leave a legacy not of words on a tombstone but deep imprints on the heart.
May I invite you to consider how SBC can be a part of your legacy?