During vacation, we caught up with a lot of friends and family, and heard stories about people from our past and also about our ancestors, some of whom we have met, others who had died long before we were here. There were tales of affairs, addictions, heroism, secrets and misunderstandings. Most of the time, the person was summed up in a sentence or two, showing their true motivation and the resulting behavior.
It struck me that each of us will be spoken about in a similar fashion someday; our entire lives boiled down to a couple of dozen words. What do I want those words to be? What am I doing about it today?
It could be argued that what we do in the day-to-day doesn’t really matter because we will be remembered for the whole. But the day-to-day determines the overall life lived. It is those small, seemingly inconsequential daily choices that determine the direction we travel. I want to live with intention, to keep myself from making poor choices and sacrificing the opportunity to leave a legacy. It reminds me of the heroes of our faith who were spoken of in Hebrews:
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise….(Hebrews 11:7-9) and on and on.
I hope to be remembered for my faith, and any resulting actions that could stem from it.