Leaving a Legacy
by Brodie Swisher
I got a message this past week that longtime family friend, Billy Janovich, had been tragically killed when a tree fell on him while he was working at a men’s retreat. The news was an obvious shock to his family and friends. But also a reminder of how quickly a life can pass us by. Even though Billy is now hangin’ out with Jesus in heaven, the pain of those left behind seems relentless. My heart breaks for his wife and three little kids. In the days following Billy’s death, I came across a letter written to him from a mutual friend. The words of this letter spoke to me in a big way regarding the legacy we leave behind to our family and friends.
A portion of the letter read, “Billy, I’ll never forget how much you loved Jesus, and how you always kept your eyes on him…You were a great man, father, and husband, but more than anything, you were a great disciple of Jesus…Thanks for inspiring me and planting Jesus into my life.”
These words of one man’s legacy struck deep within me and made me question, “What will people say about me when I’m gone?” How will my wife and kids remember me? Will I leave a legacy of being a great husband and father? Will I be remembered as a godly man that always kept my eyes on Jesus?
More than wealth and material things, I want to leave a legacy of godliness to my family and friends when I’m gone.
“…a righteous man will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112:6
Who's The Boss
by Brodie Swisher
I’ve been watching a big flock of turkeys up the road from my house the last couple weeks as they do their best to shake off the winter months and prepare for the spring season ahead. At this point of the season there isn’t much strutting going on. Rather, the toms in this flock are doing their best to figure out who’s the boss. I watched as the biggest bird in the bunch appeared to be reminding the younger gobblers that he was indeed the boss. He flogged, pecked, and pushed the other birds around. By their behavior, it was easy to see the younger birds were reluctant to let the older longbeard be boss of the bunch. Round and round they went as the defiant subordinates refused to surrender
As I watched and snapped photos of the flock performing their late-winter ritual, I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve played the same game with God. There have been times that God has had to remind me that He is the boss. There have been days where He’s had to push, pull, and drag me into…and out of…various life lessons to better me as a man and to help me see that He is indeed Lord of my life. Countless times I’ve been reluctant to hand over the reins and let Him lead. Out of defiance I’ve refused to surrender more times than I care to admit. But out of His grace and mercy He never gives up on me. He’s faithful to bring me back to the place I need to be.
Where are you today? Are you dancing around the issue of surrendering your life to God? Make him the boss
“Submit yourselves therefore to God…” James 4:7
Brodie Swisher is a World Champion game caller, accomplished speaker, a notable writer, a skilled hunter, and all around down to earth guy! His travels take him across the country as a well known public speaker in the arena of outdoor events such as wildgame dinners, banquests, archery classes, and filming. Above all Brodie Swisher loves Jesus and he can't wait to share his passion for Christ with those he meets.