Lay the legacy and pass on the baton....
WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY,2022 02:58AM
Legacy is something inherited from a predecessor or the past. In other words, it is also the amount of money left to someone as an inheritance in a will, after the death of the owner of the property. Money isn't the only inheritance that can be passed on by ones predecessors, the baton can be passed. A baton is a sport material exchanged between athletes in a relay race. On another level, the baton is the symbol of leadership, as in the baton held by the drum.
Comparing and contrasting, the kind of legacy you lay goes a long way in determining the type of baton you will pass on. Likewise, the way a runner runs from the start to the point where a baton will be exchanged is pivotal to the success of the team. It's very pertinent to know that laying the best legacy, fighting the challenges and overcoming the hurdles will make it easier for the success of ones future generation and vice- versa.
Life is a race, only the best wins, only the determined, the strong, the wise, the skillful, the dilligient get to make the cut. It is a race, filled with billions of tracks, faces, personalities, and once the whistle is blown, everyone starts running, to the destination unknown. Some are brave enough to reach the finish line undeterred, while some fail at the first hurdle, some overcome the hurdles in brilliant fashion but come short simply because they couldn't muster the energy to deliver at the moment that matters.
Some are just onlookers, immediately the race begins, their full focus will be on getting to know the winner forgetting they could have also armoured themselves to compete against the so called elites, forgetting they could have propelled themselves to be called that elite and forgetting they are jeopardizing the future of their generation cos they could have given their might and ran the race, and in the end be given a heroes welcome cos they managed to pass on the baton.
Passing on the baton simply means to bestow one's responsibility or job upon someone else. An allusion to a relay race in which one runner literally hands a baton to the next runner.
Few days back, I wrote an article titled " Journey to the West Mid-lands" where I was talking about why parents need to pay the price for their offsprings cos their ancestors paid the price for them. It is very important to know that someone paid the price for our existence and for this reason we should also pass on the baton to our offsprings and complete the chain.
Our refusal to do this is a violation of one of the universal law. There are so many universal laws applicable to day to say life living and based on this fact, refusal to lay the foundation or continue in the building of the project might lead to invoking the nature's wrath.
The struggle for survivals takes a lifetime and turns out to be the survival of the fittest, which means only the fit survived and the weak faces doom. Definitely facing your doom and not struggling it out and failing to secure the future of your yet unborn generation means you failed virtually in life and as such you might well be likened to a snake that passed on a mountain without leaving any trades.
Viewing this from another perspective, one might well be of the notion that whether you are able to succeed or not, you will pass the baton and then the burden of success becomes the challenge facing the baton receiver. Definitely the teams success would be marred by the first runner. Of course the way each and every participating running squares up with the race will go a long way but once the foundation is faulty, what can the righteous do .....
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Biblical References of people who passed on the baton and those who failed
Joshua failed to pass on the baton, after receiving it from Moses as evidenced by the fact that the children of Israel didn't know God after his demise. How woeful!!
Elijah passed on the baton to Elisha after telling him that if he could see him when he was being taken to Heaven then by chariots then double portion of his anointing and power would be his.
Then after receiving the baton, Elisha failed to pass it on to Gehazi because of Gehazi's greediness as regards secretly going back to collect Naman's appreciative gifts.
Jesus passed on the baton to his disciples, there assembled themselves in the upper room and where filled with the Holy Spirit, continuing in the ministry of Christ.
Abraham passed on the baton to Isaac, teaching him the path of God and thus made Isaac a believer and true " Christian"
Endeavour to establish a good reputation and go down in the record as one of the great people who laid a legacy and passed on a burden free baton. You have the time now and the ball is in your court.
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I love how you laid things in your write-up HF. I also think receiving the baton means living up to someone else's legacy and making our own too.