How Do You Want to be Remembered?
Maybe it’s because I’m approaching my 65th birthday
and I’m feeling my own mortality, or more likely it’s because I saw a
silly plaque among flowers at a golf course. Whatever the reason, I’ve
thought about what people might think of me when I’m gone (I’m not
planning on leaving soon, but that’s in the Lord’s hands).
conclusion after a recent family reunion is that it’s just like David
said, "As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower
of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place
remembers it no more."
Time flies and when we are gone we may be remembered by our immediate
family for a little while, but soon they too will join us and we will be
remembered no more. That’s the way life is.
that silly plaque, I’ve actually seen several of them and they always
make me chuckle. They are usually near the club house and are located
among a small flower garden. The typical plaque says something like, "In
memory of John Smith, long time member of such-and-such country club." I
know we’re not here to be remembered, but I know I certainly don’t want
to be remembered like that.
see. I can just imagine the small talk. "John was a nice fellow. Always
showed up on time for his tee time. He had a slice in his swing, but he
could really tell a good story."
once asked my good friend, Bill, if he could retire and play golf all
the time. He said, "Sure, all the time for about two weeks." Isn’t it
the truth! I love the game of golf, but I would be bored shortly if that
was the sole purpose of my life.
mother of Barry Goldwater, Sr. told him that he should leave the earth a
better place. That’s sounds like pretty good advice, but it really
misses the point if you take Jesus’ word seriously.
good to leave the world a better place, but is that command of Jesus’
Great Commission? He doesn’t want us to just leave the world a better
place, even though that’s a good thing. No, He wants us to help others
leave this world and join Him in Heaven. In the Great Commission Jesus
told His disciples to be His "…witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
His commission to me might sound something like, "Be my witness in
Vienna, in Virginia, across the United States, and around the globe."
first response is always, "That’s impossible. I can’t witness across
Virginia, much less across the US and around the world." Of course, my
response conveniently fails to take into account my responsibility for
witnessing to neighbors, friends, acquaintances, and all the others I
bump into on a daily basis. It’s easier to find an excuse.
of course, I don’t even have an excuse when it comes to sharing the
Good News across Virginia, the United States, and around the Globe.
There are lots of avenues for me to not only share the Good News first
hand in my local community, but also support effective mission programs
in my state, across the nation, and throughout the world. So what’s my
excuse? If I’m honest, I don’t have one.
That’s why I’m personally so excited about Time of Grace Ministry (www.timeofgrace.org),
a national and international media outreach that has been blessed with
phenomenal success in reaching those who don’t yet trust in Jesus as the
long promised Messiah, their personal Savior.
you are a follower of Jesus, what will you do today to gently tell
someone you know about Jesus? What are you doing with the blessings God
has given to you to share the Good News across your state, across our
nation, and around the globe?
 Psalm 103:15-16, excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
 Acts 1:8, excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved