I never cared much for History during High School and College, but over the years I've learned to be a student of History. In my school years, I never saw much relevance in learning about Revolutions and Kings and Conquests, but old age has a way of mellowing us and giving us a new perspective in life.
There is really so much to learn when reading various biographies. You learn about the person's childhood and upbringing; their family life and schooling; and you learn about how they were placed in certain circumstances at certain times for certain actions. You learn about how they handled adversity and how their lives affected others. History is full of stories both positive and negative; both tragic and inspiring.
Each of these historical figures has a legacy or a reputation. Mention any historical figure and I would imagine that you immediately conjure up some image or picture of that person, good or bad. As Christians, we're charged with being the light of the World. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we become "new" in HIM. We are to lead our lives in such a way that others will see something different. The way we lead our lives should draw others to Christ.
One thing I've learned over the years is this: we all influence others. Whether that influence is good or bad is up to us. My challenge for you is to lead your life in such a way that others will say they're a better person for having known you.
When your name is mentioned to others, what will be your Legacy?