West view of Westminster Abbey, London.

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When I went to the United Kingdom about six years ago, I found myself captivated by some of the magnificent cathedrals that we saw.

Canterbury, Westminster, York.  They are phenomenal buildings, especially considering the eras in which they were built.

One of the things that amazed me about these great cathedrals was that the architects and designers who came up with the plans and vision, very rarely saw the final product due to the length of time that it took to build their creations.

Importantly, they knew that this would be the case, but instead of simplifying their designs so that they could see their project in its final state, they designed the most extravagant tributes to God that they could imagine, knowing that their masterpieces would live on well beyond their own time on earth.

What a wonderful legacy to leave. 

It causes me to ask myself what am I building that will be completed after I’m gone and will be a lasting legacy that makes a difference in the future?

Is it a set of values that I’m building into my children that will be passed on for generations to come?

Is it words of wisdom that help to change people for the better and inspire great deeds?

Should I be doing more to positively impact the developing world, to invest into impoverished communities and potentially help people to escape the trap of poverty?

I know that my life (and yours) has a God-given purpose. 

I know that’s it’s beyond today and tomorrow. 

Beyond a week or a month. 

Beyond a standard five-year plan.

I know that we’re meant to build cathedrals.

What’s mine?

What’s yours?

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