What does your life say about you? How are you living that would leave the kind of legacy that would make you proud?
I want to be remembered as a woman who loved people with all of her heart and never stopped trying to make life better for everyone she knew (and didn’t know). I want to know that I have done everything I can to teach others what it means to love truly and deeply.
What do you want to be remember for?
Honestly this is a question that I have struggled with throughout my adult life. I think of my children and husband and how they will remember me, but my desire is still the same. Sometimes I may love too much, but I’d rather love too much than not at all.
Christ wanted us to love and he is our greatest example of love. 1 Corinthians 13 is not only one of my favorite passages, but inspired words of truth to live by. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Do you see what I am saying? Without love for others you have nothing. You are nothing.
I know many people who live a good life, are kind, compassionate, willing, helpful even, but there is no love behind what the action. It isn’t the actions or good deeds that get you to heaven and not even all the love for others in the world will get you to heaven alone, but that love will lead you to a deeper relationship with Christ. That relationship is what will get you to heaven when your time shall come. I don’t know about you, but when I get to the pearly gates and it is asked of me what is the greatest thing I have done, I want to say “I have loved”.
I want to encourage you to really think about the legacy you are leaving behind and the legacy that you really want to be leaving behind. You and you alone can change it if need be. There is never a too late with God.
Lord, my life is not my own. Help me to always love as you have loved. Give me strength to always be the kind of person that reflects hope, faith and love; the greatest love. Bless the lives of those I come in contact with and remind me to always have them on my heart and mind. In Your name, amen.