Willie Spears

Willie Spears

Win At Home is a series of opinion articles written by author and keynote speaker Willie Spears. Be sure to catch the Win At Home Podcast in January 2022 and order the Win at Home devotional for leaders now at www.williespears.com.

What is your legacy?

My cousin David Betsy died from Covid this month. I had the honor of delivering his eulogy on Saturday. David was only thirty-three years old when he left us, the same age as Jesus when He left the earth.

His close friends and co-workers described David as an amazing person and wonderful friend, sweet, kind, full of life, hard worker, not judgmental, and a person who made everyone smile. Katherine said he had such an impact on her life, and Calvin said if you did not like David, something was wrong with you.

David worked at Burger King for fifteen years, and he also had a second job at Teleperformance. Supervisors from both jobs came to the funeral and spoke highly of his work ethic and friendly personality.

I encouraged those in attendance to follow David’s example, be nice to people, and resist the urge to judge those who are different. Several of his friends and family said he loved people for who they were, and he did not judge.

After the funeral, we drove to Redwood Cemetery for the committal service. I noticed most tombstones had a dash between the date the deceased was born and the day they left us.

We are all living in the dash; what are you doing with your dash? What are you doing with the time you have on this earth? Are you winning at home?

My heart aches for David’s parents, my cousin Tanza and his father, Sammie. They provided him with his first home, and now he is gone. They lost their son, and no parent should have to bury their child.

My cousin David treated everyone with respect and dignity. He spent so much time at work; his co-workers became his second family. Most of us spend more time at work than they we do at home.

That is the premise for winning at home. Many of us win at work, but not at home.

However, when we spend so much time at work, it can become our second home. Are you winning with your work family? Would your supervision come to your funeral to say great things about you?

David left a legacy of love.

I have learned that what is important is not what I leave to my children but what I leave in them. True legacy is not materialistic or tangible. True legacy is ever-lasting and passed on.

I encourage you to leave a legacy of love like my cousin David. Win where you call home.

Three ways to Win At Home:

1. Do not judge others.

2. Smile and make others around you feel good.

3. Work hard and do not be lazy.

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