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Remembered for What?

How do you want to be remembered?

Three of the shorter obituaries I’ve read summarized the person’s life in just three words.

  1. “She was disabled.”
  2. “He was retired.”
  3. “He had dementia.”

I wonder what their life must have been like before they experienced disability, retirement, or dementia.

If my family were to summarize my life in just one sentence, I wonder how they would finish the sentence: He was [a] ______________. Likewise, if your loved ones could only use one sentence to describe your life, how would you want to be remembered?

The Legacy We Leave

Sunday night, New England’s Tom Brady or Atlanta’s Matt Ryan will add to their quarterbacking legacy. Either Brady will win his fifth ring in seven Super Bowls, or Ryan will win his first ring in his first Super Bowl.

Most of us will never have the opportunity to play a part in such a famous achievement as winning the Lombardi trophy.

Yet, regardless of how brief our obituaries may be, you and I can still live a life that makes a difference.

Emerson’s Definition of Success

I believe God is honored by a life that meets Ralph Waldo Emerson’s definition of success:

“To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,

to leave the world a little better,

whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is the definition of success.”

When you finish running your earthly race, how do you want to be remembered?

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