How Men Can Leave Their Mark In the World

Someday, the events of your life will be the stuff of history.

The choices you have made will be largely forgotten. The things you pursued will pass on. All signs of your existence will slip away as time advances.

This is nothing new, of course. It has been our reality since Adam and Eve broke favor with God in the Garden of Eden.

Perhaps it’s the reason early man left handprints in caves. Maybe it was an attempt to leave a lasting mark in the world. Proof of their time here on earth.

Many people struggle with the temporary nature of the world around us. If it’s all temporary, what difference does it make? What’s the point of it all?

Truthfully, if you find your value in the things the world treasures, there is no point.

If we’re listening to the world around us, our lives will be measured by calendar boxes and to-do lists. Every day will look the same and nothing will make sense.

We might find that we identify with the words of King Solomon, who fell out of favor with God when he stopped relying on God and instead trusted in his own knowledge and wisdom.

“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? … No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.

 Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, 11

If, however, we listen for our Creator’s voice, and if we trust in His purposes and His provision, we will hear a much different message.

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

1 John 2:17

During our time on earth, we have a mission to love and serve creation.

We are to live in relationship with God and seek His plans for our lives. In short, we are to keep Him in the middle of all of our pursuits. We are to listen for His guidance and remember Him in all that we do.

Jesus did this during His time on earth, and it’s a model for how our own lives should look.

He cared for the people around Him. He loved even those in society who were considered hard to love. He let go of His own desires and submitted to the will of the Father, even in the face of temptation from the enemy.

Jesus based His entire life around His relationship with God.

Everything He learned, everything He accomplished, and every challenge He faced pointed people back to the Father, and we’re called to do the same.

The men of Junto Tribe understand that our lives aren’t temporary when we live them according to God’s plan. Our “handprint” lives on in the people around us that we serve and love.

God has a mission for each of us that will have eternal implications for other people. When we follow His plan, He’ll use us to grow the body of believers, and it will absolutely matter that we did His work here on earth.

You have a unique story of the work Jesus has done in your life, and you have a network of connections that can benefit from it. In fact, when you decide to share your own journey with others, you’ll find that God will supernaturally pair you with the people who most need to hear it.

It will likely be a messy, sometimes painful story that you’re hesitant to share, but you’ll be amazed at the number of people who have walked the same road.

As you consider your story, imagine how different your own life might look if someone had come alongside you to assure you that you weren’t the only one struggling this way. 

Ask God to help you do that for someone in your circle. If you’re in the midst of your own struggle, read through our past blogs as a reminder that you aren’t alone. Connect with someone in your own circle and begin the work of building a tribe of men who will journey together through life.

You’re crafting more of your life’s story today. Whose agenda will you follow?

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