Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How will they remember me?

I have to be honest, it's hard to read through the lists of genealogies. My tendency is to want to jump ahead. Skim over the names. Not take the time to read each one, half of which I can't pronounce. Yet, years ago my heart was convicted about such reading. These names are part of my heritage too and compose the roots of my family tree. Each name is precious. Each name represents a life lived. Was it lived well?

Some day my name will be just that...a name. A name in a list of many traced through my family history. When my ancestry is researched will there be anything more to be written of me than just my name? Every now and again in these lists one name is highlighted with a short phrase of remembrance. Will there be anything to remember about me?

Every day we make decisions. Every day is a new opportunity. Every day we can grasp hold of life. Am I living it to the full? Christ came to give me abundant life. What am I doing with the gift of time He has still given me? Maybe I won't be remembered for any one great thing. Maybe there will be nothing that is worthy of extra words in a history of my heritage, but that doesn't stop my desire to want to live great. My name is written in the most important list of names that will ever be recorded. My Father is not only Great, He is God.

Maybe there will be nothing on paper that records my life as being of value. Maybe when my life is over it will be quickly forgotten. But maybe, just maybe my greatest legacy will be written on hearts. Hearts touched by God in me. Hearts that move on for future generations and draw others to the throne of Christ. Now, that's a legacy.

Please watch the following video. You might be familiar with this song, but the graphics make the lyrics come alive. Grab a tissue and let your heart be touched.

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Zoe said...

This is beautiful way to remember who we are, whose we are and what we are.

Sorry the bread is not the way you'd like it to be. I sure am glad you're the way the Lord made you to be. Godly, sweet,precious, giving, overflowing with grace. You my friend are the real deal.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thus, my penning of my heart; if for no other reason than to leave my kids a bit of a "legacy" to remember. So powerful, Joy. I couldn't comment on your other blog for some reason. Not sure why. Sorry for your friend's struggle; thankful for your going to the mat on her behalf.

What a treasured gift you give to others through your prayers.

Love u~elaine