It was one of those moments.
You know the kind.
Where all of life seems to stop. What you thought was important yesterday, suddenly looked trivial. The small matters that recently consumed your mind, quickly blurred and faded away.
As I sat there in the pew, I listened intently to the words about our uncle and the life he lived.
Celebrating his life at his funeral brought reality, and what’s important, back into focus.
But then my mind wandered.
What will be said about me at my funeral?
Will others talk about my patience, my compassion, my quiet and gentle spirit, like they did of our uncle?
Or will my not-so-God-glorifying traits be what people remember?
How do I want to be remembered?
I got to thinking about what I’m doing in my days.
Am I putting my energy, the gifts God has given me, the time I’ve been blessed with into myself? Into acquiring stuff? Into frivolous odds and ends?
Or am I investing in the lives of others? Am I making a difference in any one else’s life? Am I sharing my faith, my life, myself with others?
Do those who know me know Who I put my faith in, and where my salvation lies?
Am I just going through the motions, or am I living an amazing, adventurous, spirit-filled life??
Friend, I understand it’s not always comfortable to stare reality in the face, but sometimes we just need to.
We each only have a limited time on this earth. What are we doing with this time we’re given?
I can’t answer that question for you. I can only answer it for me, and I see there’s areas I’m not living up to what I could be. There’s areas I’m living in safety and comfortableness. I’m settling for good, and not accepting God’s best. And to top it all off, I’m too focused on myself.
It’s time to make some changes.
How I want to be remembered?
I pray my love for Jesus and others long outlive me. To be remembered I lived for God and others, and not for myself. And that those in my life are impacted for eternity by me pointing them to Jesus.
All else really doesn’t matter, does it??
How do you want to be remembered?
It’s a powerful question to ponder. I’d love to read your thoughts below.
And just for fun, below is a clip from the 2007 movie, The Final Season, that featured my hometown and high school. There’s some wisdom in this short snippet. May you be blessed by it.