What are we known for?

A devotional in Our Daily Bread this week got me thinking (oh, oh). It was based on the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11 and the brief stories of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Rahab and a host of others. The gist of the devotional was how do we want to be remembered? What do we want to be known for? What difference can we make in the lives of others? The questions prompted sobering reflection.

I’ve been known as a lot of things in my lifetime: nerdy high school student, small town newspaper editor, higher education PR writer, author. But I know that any notoriety I had at the time will eventually pass. Does anyone in Hampton, Iowa, remember me from when I was editor at the newspaper back in the early 90s? Probably not. In another 30 years, will anyone remember I wrote a Christian romance novel? Probably not.

On the flip side, several people remain strong in my memories and their impact in my life. A supervisor at work who took me under her wing and eventually became a dear, almost motherly friend. My patient grandmother—a piano teacher—who sat at my side for years out of love enduring my inept piano-playing. The friends who ardently pushed me to publish my novel when I lacked motivation.

After I’ve passed from this earth, I’d like to think a handful of people—especially family—will remember me as an obedient daughter, loving wife, and doting yet “cool” step-grandmother. For all I know a smattering of people will remember me as the little girl/lady with the unruly naturally curly hair.

I have more work to do here on earth, however, so I pray the Lord will continue to provide opportunities for me to make significant, positive differences in people’s lives. I pray that despite my imperfections, I’ll be known as a Child of God.

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” – 1 John 3:2

 

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