Have you ever thought about what you want people to say about you after you are gone? I know it sounds a little morbid, but it is something to think about. Our Sunday School teacher was reading a portion of "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan this past Sunday. It was a story of a 14 year old girl who's life ended tragically early, but she left behind an incredible legacy of love and living out the Gospel. At 14. Amazing. I started to think this week about what people might say about me when I am gone. No, not a selfish thing, an introspective thing. If people were really honest, what would they say about you?
I think it might be helpful to us to think about what we would like to "be," so I put some thought into it for myself. I figure I have the rest of my life to live up to it.
Lori was first and foremost a lover of Jesus. She craved truth.
Even at the expense of her own pride or prejudices.
She wanted to be everything that He wanted her to be.
She was never one to be ashamed of the Gospel,
Even in the face of intimidation and persecution.
Lori spent her life learning how to be a better wife and mother.
She loved her husband very much.
She also poured her life and energy out into the training of their children.
She was passionate about teaching them truth, discernment, knowledge,
But most of all....love.
Because of her deep joy and contentment in the Lord,
Lori brought joy to everyone she touched.
She had a deep desire to see the same joy and peace in everyone she knew.
She wasn't afraid to "give until it hurt."
She understood that nothing in this life really belonged to her,
Rather all things belonged to the Creator.
She lived her life with the intent of storing up her treasures in heaven-
Rather than on earth.
She opened her home, talents, and wallet to anyone in need.
Lori's deepest desire is now fulfilled as she rests in the arms of the One who says:
"Well done, thy good and faithful servant."