If you have been around me for any length of time, then you know that I am a woman on a mission to leave a legacy that honors Christ.  So let me take a few minutes and share with you 6 thoughts on what it looks like to craft your own legacy:

1.)  A Footprint of INTENTIONALITY

  • What’s intentionality look like in Jeanne’s life?  Being a “100X person” … “Jesus with skin on.”
  • “The motivation and mentorship of Kamikaze Christianity into practicing and potential Kingdom champions.”
  • Youth Leader’s Coach Mission:  “To encourage, equip, inspire, and instruct the youth leaders of this generation.”
  • If you know where you’re going, you easily know the roads that won’t take you there.
  • Don’t wait for your purpose to “find you.”  GO FIND IT!  How?  Invest yourself in different things.  Endeavors that unlock both your passion and your heart are a serious key to your calling.
  • Until you decide who you ARE, you’ll probably keep trying to be a CHEAP IMITATION of someone else.

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2.)  A Footprint of PEOPLE OVER PROGRAMS

  • The ONLY two things that you can take to Heaven with you are your own intimacy with the Lord…and OTHER PEOPLE.
  • “When I die, don’t think I’m gone.  I’ll still be alive in that person…and that person…and that person…and that person.” − D. L. Moody and Jeanne
  • Authentic love will rarely be something you FEEL.  Love will forever and always be something you DO.
  • More NOISE in the ministry does not always mean more IMPACT.
  • On the other hand, guard against “the disease to please.”

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3.)  A Footprint of PASSION AND WHOLEHEARTEDNESS

  • How has Jeanne Mayo cultivated PASSION?  I found a few things I was willing to DIE FOR…and then I chose to LIVE FOR THEM.
  • “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as WHOLEHEARTEDLY as Michael Angelo painted or as Beethoven composed music.  He should sweep streets SO PASSIONATELY AND WELL that all of the hosts of Heaven will pause one day to say, ‘Here lived a GREAT STREET SWEEPER who did everything he could to be his very best.’” − Martin Luther King
  • If it’s not worth doing WHOLEHEARTEDLY, it’s probably not worth doing AT ALL.
  • “Few people think more than TWO or THREE TIMES A YEAR.  I have made an INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION by really thinking once or twice a week.” − George Bernard Shaw

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4.)  A Footprint of CONSISTENT PERSONAL SOUL-TENDING  (Code language for prioritizing my own personal time with the Lord.)

  • One of Sam Mayo’s greatest legacies:  “Have a ‘DAILY APPOINTMENT TIME’ with Jesus.”  (5 out of 7 days a week is a successful week in my heart.)
  • When I live with the stress of an OVERWHELMED schedule, I soon ache with the sadness of an UNDERWHELMED soul.
  • OWN responsibility for your own spiritual growth and health.  It is spiritual suicide to mentally assign that responsibility to your pastor or anyone else.  You will eventually become either a spiritual HERO or a spiritual HAS-BEEN.  But only YOU can decide.
  • Life, at its best, will have agonizing bumps and life-altering turns for every single one of us.  So keep your soul deeply alive by assigning MEANING to your PAIN.  Unless you intentionally make that choice, you will forfeit valuable portions of your soul to your enemies…and allow parts of your spirit-man to WITHER UP and DRY.
  • At moments when your flesh screams “WHY?”…have the strength of character to eventually start asking “WHAT?” (i.e. Not, “WHY did this happen?” but rather, “In WHAT way can I assign positive meaning to what the enemy has meant for evil in my life?”)
  • The DECISIONS I make determine the SCHEDULE I keep.  The SCHEDULE I keep determines the LIFE I live.  And how I live my LIFE determines ultimately how I ultimately spend my SOUL.
  • Never am I so FULFILLED as when I choose to UNDERWHELM my schedule so Christ can OVERWHELM my soul.

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5.)  A Footprint Of KNOWING AND FIGHTING YOUR “SHADOW SIDE”

  • Identify and label the “bull’s eye” on your spiritual chest.  You can’t DEFEAT an enemy that you’re unwilling to RECOGNIZE and call by name.
  • Remember that often your GREATEST STRENGTHS will usually give rise to your GREATEST WEAKNESSES.  So as Watchman Nee said, “Beware of the HORSES in your life.”
  • When we JUSTIFY a weakness, we only FORTIFY it.
  • We as Christian leaders have a frightening ability to rationalize and double-talk our own subtle compromise and sin.  Do so at your own peril.
  • “Work out your own salvation WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING” is not just a nice verse – It should be a haunting “caution light” for all of us in spiritual leadership.  Remember that what we ourselves do in MODERATION gives liberty for others to do in EXCESS.
  • Given enough time, the color BLACK slowly becomes GRAY…and the color GRAY eventually becomes embedded in the GRAY ASHES of your DE-RAILED DESTINY…or worse yet, sometimes embedded in the color of OUR OWN SMOLDERING ASHES IN HELL.
  • Make your failures and weaknesses PUSH YOU INTO THE LORD’S PRESENCE.  That’s why Peter ran to the tomb after the Resurrection.  Ultimately take courage in knowing that your CALL is always greater than your FALL.
  • “Integrity” comes from the root word “integer” or “whole.”  Are you a WHOLE PERSON…or do you suffer from “spiritual multiple personality disorder?”  INTEGRITY means that you routinely talk the same way in front of your close friends that you do in front of your entire ministry.  How are you doing with that litmus test?
  • The 21st Century Church World will often NOT REWARD integrity.  But rest assured that JESUS WILL.  Don’t be a fool and confuse the two.

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6.)  A Footprint of REFUSING TO QUIT

  • There are a lot of GREAT STARTERS in the Kingdom; but not a lot of GREAT FINISHERS.  Determine, by God’s grace, to be the latter.  Then, though I’ve said it countless times, remember that PERSEVERANCE is often the GREATEST REVENGE you can ever pay to Hell.
  • “Nothing in the world can take the place of PERSEVERANCE.  TALENT will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with great talent.  GENIUS will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  EDUCATION will not; the world abounds with educated failures.  ENDURANCE and DETERMINATION alone are OMNIPOTENT.  Pursue them, costly as they may be, and the world will be yours.” – Calvin Coolidge