If you knew your life was almost over, would you draft a farewell to your beloved survivors? Although the author’s time isn’t almost over, he chose to write a farewell message to those he loves—his family and you.
He studied people’s dreams and forecasted their biggest obstacles, and then sealed his imperative lessons in Make Me a Legend. If you follow Chuck’s fearless lead, you will dream bigger, live bolder, and make a large and lasting difference—your legendary life will echo in eternity, whether your days are few or many!
In this “save the world” manual, you will become empowered beyond your wildest expectations as you learn to:
- Clarify your God-sized dream.
- Build your extravagant foundation.
- Attract the right mentors, peers, and apprentices.
- Become undomesticated, wild, and free to live at the highest level!
Now you can be a legend in your own family, community, and nation. You can live and be remembered as a selfless, sacrificing, and legacy-driven generation. You can grant your survivors a new world that is remarkably preserved in a spirit of innocence and free of godlessness, immorality, and ruin. It’s very nice to meet you, welcome to the tribe and the great adventure!
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It is rare that a book could overcome so much of the negative in our lives, while at the same time setting a new course for tomorrow’s great hope.
-Worship Leader Kent Henry, Kent Henry Ministries
There is something inside each of us that yearns to make a difference. Yet day after day, year after year, we find ourselves settled into mediocrity. Finally, a book that will not only challenge you to soar, but will give you the tools for the journey as well.
-Gail L. Strother, Author of Appoint Us A King
A perfect mixture of humor and high persuasion.
-Richard Holmes, Lead Pastor Trinity Harvest Church
If you are ready to be awakened to the legendary potential that’s been lying dormant within you, then what you hold in your hands is the wake up call for which your spirit has been crying out. Make Me A Legend is not just a book; it’s the beginning of a movement!
-Marion Dalton, Founding Pastor & Visionary Leader Bethel Harvest Church
Chuck Balsamo has seen a vision that is attached to practical keys that will release legendary results. This book has that corporate prophetic anointing on it that will cause radical changes in individuals, churches and communities.
-Dr. Tim Bagwell, Senior Pastor Word of Life Christian Center
Make Me A Legend is a manifesto to the soul. Empowering, encouraging, engaging and challenging—from the creative, inspirational spirit of a true leader.
-David Frech, Founding Pastor Church of the Harvest
Chuck Balsamo won’t stop praying, preaching and writing until an epic spiritual tsunami engulfs the world. As you read this book, watch out—the tsunami may start with you!
-Jim Buchan, Senior Staff Writer Inspiration Ministries (INSP Channel)
Make Me A Legend by my friend Chuck Balsamo is loaded with insight! An inspiration for anyone who has ever ‘Hit the wall’ in their walk with God.
-Dr. Douglas J. Wingate, President and Founder Life Christian University
Masterfully written, highly provocative—a must read for all who long for a better tomorrow.
-Christopher L. Whetzel, Founding Pastor Believers Victory Center
Chapter 1: Beauty Is Sleeping
We rendezvous in coffee houses and office break rooms, on cell phones and over the Internet; we cannot seem to sufficiently curb our widespread craving. From nearly every city worldwide and throughout the countrysides, there is a rising band of restless souls sniffing for a roadway back—all the way back to the bygone simplicities of yesteryear. Even though we can’t seem to agree about which path will lead us out, we all want something or someone from this world or another to break our curse and wake us up!
Chapter 2: My Greatest Spiritual Fantasy
Sometimes, when you and I consider the gross darkness blanketing this current world without looking back into the brightness of our history, we may lose all hope for a better tomorrow. Our history, however, shows us a different story. No society is ever too far beyond God’s reach. Darkness is no match for God’s light and love. When God is requested, He always surges into the darkness. It’s when we cannot do a single thing to fix ourselves, when the darkness is dreadful, and we are brought to our senses in hopeless exhaustion—He rushes in!
Chapter 3: The Legend Begins
Millions of hopeless, innocent souls wait for a legend to stand and face every one of these 21st century threats, or more blood will spill and more good people will die. If not you, who? If not now, when? We all need to become a far better kind of people, doing the right and best and difficult things, and for far nobler reasons. Then we need to infuse this into our children and grandchildren—far more intentionally than has been done over the past 100 years.
Chapter 4: Tomorrow’s Great Hope
It can be frightening to consider that a nation’s survival can be resting on the shoulders of commoners like us. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent laying it all on the line to maintain a flourishing home environment, a CEO leading your multibillion-dollar corporation into new horizons, or a retiree searching for significance, this is your trumpet call to action!
Chapter 5. Exposed To The Bigger Cause
Now that he was exposed, there was no stopping what would happen to David next. Curiosity and courage were pushing him away from the sidelines. By now, David’s pounding heart was screaming out, Oh, God, what’s going on inside of me? No matter how hard I try, I cannot suppress this burden for another second! This is it. There’s no turning back for me now. Enough is enough; Goliath should have retreated while he had a chance. There is just no way I can sit here with my mouth shut and my hands idle while everyone I love descends into slavery! My country, my faith, my family, my future—everything is facing annihilation. If I don’t rise to this occasion, my sheltered life won’t be worth living twenty years from today. I, the disregarded errand boy, was born for this very moment! If I die here, then at least I will die honorably in my arena, pouring out my blood for the chance of a better tomorrow!
Chapter 6. Hurry Up And Find Rock Bottom
While rock bottom will always be the low mark of your life, it is so much more—rock bottom is the starting place for your next exciting journey. No matter how bad things might be going in your life right now, go ahead and free your heart to hope again! This moment is the end of your life as it has been to this point, but it is not the end of you. Change your perspective! Be optimistic about all the suffering you’re going through. This can be the start of something wonderful—it can be all upward from here, if you do the right thing at rock bottom.
Chapter 7. Earn Your Keep
It seems to me that freeloaders largely outnumber breadwinners; and one person can’t carry ten deadbeats in today’s expensive world. This isn’t about one or two lazy people. We have an epidemic on our hands. Deadbeat dads, moms, and kids, deadbeat workers and bosses, deadbeat politicians, deadbeat Americans and Europeans—deadbeat people! Everyone has a few friends or family members like this. Hurry up, cover your mouth and disinfect your hands. It’s spreading!
Chapter 8. Get A Dream
I would say the greater part of our society lives and dies in a Jacob-like pre-metamorphosis form. They are the Jacob who never blossomed and the Israel that could have been. It happens so often because few people ever push for God’s dream like Jacob did. Let’s be very honest. Besides a surface glance at Rick Warren’s best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life, most people never really wrestle with God about their identity. Our world is covered with millions, even billions, of striving Jacobs sleepwalking through the wastelands of meaninglessness, perishing without a clear life dream, doing what they do only because there is nothing better to do—whatever, wherever, whenever, until finally they retire to grave.
Chapter 9. Build An Extravagant Foundation—Why?
Nervous people demanding split-second results; this is our world. When today’s achiever cannot measure results in terms of above-ground progress, they usually jump ship in search of something far more immediately gratifying. It is comical to watch how enthusiastic people are when they first encounter a sizable dream like ours. Springing up so quickly—out of nowhere, unreservedly committing their blood, sweat, and tears to nothing more than a well-pitched proposal—only to fizzle as they calculate how much longer it could take before they will be able to personally benefit from the dream
Chapter 10. Build An Extravagant Foundation—How?
The following is a very basic eight-point checklist. I have created this list from my many years of failing inspections. Even though there are 100 items or more on the full-length version, these are a few of the crucial ones. So, slow down and read these next several pages with careful eyes. Don’t be tempted to skip ahead. Double-check your work; make sure it is just right.
Chapter 11. Celebrate Your Progress
Scuba divers are not able to sustain life in an aquatic environment, so they bottle an environment, strap it to their backs, and take it with them—into the deep. In a place where human life is not biologically sustainable, divers thrive. Just like the scuba diver, you can bottle up your frenzied fans, strap them to your back, and dive to the deepest hell! You will thrive where others have failed before you, because you will draw your breaths from the environment on your back.
Chapter 12. Stop Being So Human
What if…we are not alone? What if time and eternity share this same universe, and our physical world is actually the lesser of two or more greater dimensions? Suppose every incautious step we take is being safeguarded by these divine and angelic influences. Do you ever wonder what this spirit world might look like if you could peel off your physical body and see it through God’s eyes?
Chapter 13. Put On Your Legends Cloak
Several years back, I had a remarkable vision—so real, I will never forget it! In the vision, I was window shopping in an old ghost town. I was the only person there. Just like in all the Western movies, there was one typical dirt road running through the middle of town and wooden porches on the front of the buildings lining both sides of the road. As I strolled past a few saloons, a hardware store, and a barbershop, there was one particular store that captured my attention. I noticed a few antique mannequins in the window display, and I leaned in for a closer look. Each mannequin wore the dusty cloak of an ancient prophet. I noticed a sign attached to the bottom of each mannequin. The first sign read, “The Cloak of Prophet Moses, 35 trillion HC (Heaven’s Currency).” The second sign read, “The Cloak of Prophet Jeremiah, 31 trillion HC.” The last sign read, “The Cloak of Prophet Elijah, 30 trillion HC.” As I read these prices, my head dropped and I broke down and cried. As I turned to walk away, suddenly God was standing there with me! He put His arm around me and asked me why I was crying. I replied, “I really want to have one of those cloaks but I don’t have enough money.” I thought for a minute and continued, “If these cloaks have been for sale for all these years and nobody’s been willing to pay these prices, why don’t you put them on sale?” To that, God postured up fast, and explained, “I will never reduce the high cost of wearing a legend’s cloak!” Someday, in the not too distant future, a few of us are going to shop in that ghost town from my dream, and God is going to give us one of those legend’s cloaks! It can be you, dear reader! Yes, it really can! But how far are you willing to go? While the rest of your world is much too content living shallow on someone else’s faint description of yesterday’s God, while so many smoke up their days toying around with Him as if He is little more than a momentary hobby, what are you going to do with the rest of your life?
Chapter 14. Get Connected: Mentors, Peers, and Apprentices
In this chapter, “Get Connected: Mentors, Peers, and Apprentices,” we are climbing down from the bleachers and stepping into the private lives of the star players—before and after game time! This is a revelation about the secret to their strength and skill, the reason we get shivers when they race into the arena. Watch and listen as they do life with their family, friends, fellow players, and coaches. Once you see how they interact on those unappealing practice fields during those painful, sweaty practices, and you sit in on a few of those historical, smelly pre-game, half-time, and post-game locker room speeches, you will more fully comprehend the secret power of a legends network.
Chapter 15. Bow Lower As You Climb Higher
In real life, the risk of playing it safe is always far greater than the potential high risk of collapsing on the move. If you do nothing, you can be certain that natural erosion and future storms will inevitably bring you down. There is no doubt about it; humility is far simpler for the humiliated person. There is an apparent safety in the whipped down, low-risk life. But, you don’t have to evade success to keep that beautiful heart. That is what I mean when I say, “Bow lower as you climb higher.”
Chapter 16. Take Your Heart Up With You
I don’t want to let my heart grow cold, not even slightly. I don’t want to become so comfortable with all of my maturing friends that I only desire their company. I can’t imagine spending my whole future in a moderately perfected elitist alliance. If I ever found out that a lowly person was shamed in my “exalted” presence—it would break my heart. God forbid that I should ever despise the strugglers. I never want to lose my passion for reaching them, never want to forget my tears when praying for them, never want to cease to honor them with sincere humble service.
Chapter 17. Untame Yourself
Every once in a while, we are provoked just about to the point of radical action, but we never actually make a stand. It has been too long since Christians have stood up, made a real stand, and had a real voice in our society. We’ve been talked down, mocked down, and beaten down. We hide in our safe havens, sweltering in silent frustration, resisting the evilness of our day, but only through non-participation. Although the numbers are on our side, we are slaves to a wicked minority simply because we fear them. The whole universe watches and wonders how much longer we will stand back and shut up. Can you hear that howling in the distance? The civilized world of today, which seems so real, is nothing more than a thin veneer, which is gradually being torn away. You and I are so much older than the days we have seen and the breaths we have drawn. Eternity is throbbing behind us like a mighty rhythm—as the tides and seasons sway. We cannot hesitate! The God of our ancestors is waking up the ancient instincts lying dormant underneath the layers of our modern domestication. There is a howling in the distance!