Yesterday I watched President George H.W. Bush’s funeral in Washington D.C. It was very moving to hear what everyone had to say about him. He was called a patriot, one who loved and sacrificed for his country. He was called humble. They said he loved a good joke. His son, George W. Bush, said that he was a wonderful father and husband. That he taught him how a father and husband should treat the people in his life. What a wonderful tribute of President Bush because he was remembered for his service to our country and for his love toward to his family.
It got me thinking about what people would say if it were my funeral. I know that is pretty sad to think about—dying—but it really doesn’t have to be. Knowing that I will die someday and have no idea when it will be, can help guide me. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Knowing that one day I will die can help me set goals. Someone may have a goal to make a trip across the country. Another may have a goal (a very good one, by the way) to pay off his debt. But one important goal is to live your life with an end in sight. Will you continue on the path you are on or will you change the direction to be one that is better. How will you finish your life? What will people say about you when you pass away?
I wonder. Would they say I was funny? I do love to laugh and make people laugh. Would they say I loved children and teens? God has put a special love for them in my heart. Would it be said that I was a good friend? A good teacher? Or would they say that I loved the Lord more than anything? That I strived to please my Savior more than anyone else? That I let Him guide me because I loved Him so much? I pray that is what people remember.
There are things in my life that aren’t a good testament to leave. I can have a bit of a temper, which I work very hard to keep under control. I struggle with being on time to things. My family lovingly calls it “Chrissy time.” LOL. I really do try. Sometimes I think I can be short with people. I don’t mean to be, but when I am pulled in a lot of different directions, I get frazzled. There was a time that I was away from the Lord. These are things I don’t want to be remembered for.
More than anything, I want to be remembered as a daughter of the King. One who lived a life serving my God to the best of my ability. That I ended my life as a shining testimony to my blessed Savior. That is how I want to be remembered. How do you want to be remembered?