Leaving a Legacy
How many of you want to be remembered when you die? Okay, let me follow that up with another question, “How do you think people will remember you, and what will they remember you for? How do you want to be remembered? Bobby Darin the famous musician once said, “My goal is to be remembered as a human being and as a great performer.” Rosa parks the revolutionary said, “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.” A group of people were asked this same question of how they wanted to be remembered and this is what some of them said. Helen said, “I would like to be remembered as someone who tried to stay positive in the face of adversity, who cared deeply about others she came in to contact with, and shared her time and resources freely and with love.” Gina said, “I want to be remembered as someone who lived fully and died well.” One person added, that they wanted to be remembered as, “a present person living by their values with ever increasing precision and living with purpose that was steadfastly pursued.” People want to be remembered. I don’t think most people want to be forgotten. All of us will be remembered when we die. The way that we live today will affect what others say about us tomorrow. The actions that we take in the present will leave a path behind us. The way we represent Christ, the things that we do for God, and the trail that we blaze for the kingdom of God, will leave an eternal legacy. Col 3:16 says, "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."