Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

Going to funerals is never a pleasant experience, but we usually go to pay our last respect to someone that we loved or that made an impact, directly or indirectly, on our life. Typically during the service we listen to stories of close friends and family reflecting on memories of good times with the deceased. Last weekend, after attending a funeral, I thought about "How will people remember me?" If you were going to die today, what will people remember you for?

We don't like to talk about death, or even think about it, but if what we say, do, and how we act impacts what people think about us, or how they shape their opinions of us, then if you were going to die today, what would others say about you? What will be your legacy?

Would people say you were really good at your job and that you made a lot of money? Would they say you were a nice person and a good neighbor? Would they say you were generous to others and were charitable to those in need? If we were honest with ourselves, would we be able to say with confidence we were leaving a positive footprint on the world? Will our children remember us as a parent that spent time with family, cared and loved their children and spouse? Or would we be remembered as someone who held grudges and gossiped about others?

Everyone wants to be remembered as someone special. Someone who wasn't rude, selfish, or fake. Most of all, I think Christians should want to be remembered as someone who loved God and people. Are you currently living as a witness to others around you that you are a follower of Christ? Ephesians 2:9 says "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

As you reflect on these questions, think about this..... Are you living out the plans God has for your life and is that reflected in the way you are living and in your relationships with others?

Think about Joshua. (Joshua 1:7-9) He was known as a servant of God. (24:29) His calling from God was to become a leader. God made a promise to Joshua that he would never leave him or forsake him. God promises the same for us and just as He instructed Joshua, God wants us to be strong and courageous. He wants us to live out the lives he has planned for us and rely on Him when we are weak. It is only through God that we can live a life that glorifies Him. If we remain focused on God,  it will be reflected in how we live, work, and treat others we encounter in our lives.

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