Two Kinds of People

There are two groups of people alive in the earth at every moment in time:  generational and legacy thinkers, and the instant gratifiers.

General thinkers live purposeful lives, building systems around their work such that many generations down the line, their life’s work and ambition live on.  A legacy that leaves an unremoved stain in the annals of history.  This is not the case for instant gratifiers.

Instant gratifiers on the other hand think of themselves and how they can enjoy life while they still have it.  Their lives are characterized with selfishness, self-centeredness, greed, and most importantly, waste.  Such people live only to please themselves without ever thinking about how their life will impact even the society to live in.

Making the Decision

If we look at the world today, the good and the bad things we are enjoying or dealing with are so because of the actions, decisions and choices of certain individuals.  So I believe the great question to ask ourselves today is, what will tomorrow benefit from us?

It is very crucial that the people belonging to this generation, most especially the youth, desire and pursue courses that will leave exceptionally good footprints on the earth; so that when they are long gone, many centuries down the line, somebody can benefit from their life’s work.

Consequentially, leaving a good legacy as compared to getting by in life should be the standard of excellence that all human beings should endeavor to achieve.  There are so many in the 21st Century that live in the realm of “getting by” and just a few thriving in the realm of legacy. 

We can all leave posterity the greatest legacy through the pursuit and accomplishment of our God given tasks and that is what each one reading this article must settle in his or her mind to achieve.

How to Build Your legacy

The pursuit of a ‘great’ legacy must be approached from two perspectives: the heavenly and the earthly.  Discerning the heavenly perspective makes achieving the earthly goal far easier.

The heavenly approach reminds us that there is life after death and also whatever we do or do not do in the earth, one day we shall give account of it to the Lord who created us.  Nonetheless, there are some who do not believe that there is life after we depart from this earth. 

This obvious untruth and deception must be rejected outrightly.  For the believer, there awaits a heavenly life after this earthly one.  One of the biggest questions that I am convinced every believer should answer are:

  • “Where do I want to be most famous:  heaven, earth or both?
  • How do I want to be received by the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ when I finally depart from the earth? 

These questions will ground us in the kind of choices and decisions we make such that our legacy will not be only great in the earth, but in heaven too.

It should be a lifetime desire, my dear cherished reader that in that day when you are received into the Father’s bosom and your share of inheritance is handed over to you, you would walk the streets of the New Jerusalem with people pointing fingers at you saying do you know that person is? 

Then we can have the sense of satisfaction in appreciating the true meaning of this scripture, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:  but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like Him…” (1 John 3:2).  This is when we shall truly understand what it means to be glorious and relevant from everlasting to everlasting, just as Christ is.

With the heavenly pursuit of legacy defined in a person’s life, we will realize that the earthly pursuit of legacy will be coherent and consistent with heaven’s course.

May you be a generational and legacy thinker to the benefit of posterity and those alive today in your time.


     Y.A.N. Mensah

Apostolic Teacher/Author/Public Speaker

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