Yesterday I began reading a book entitled, Living Forward. The authors are Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy. I selected the book for the content and paid little attention to the authors. After I began reading the book it occurred to me that I had read something from Michael Hyatt previously and I started connecting the dots. I made it to page 39 last night and the question asked is the title of my blog post today. How do you want to be remembered?
In my younger years I remember hearing sermons about the four last things: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. We do not hear many homilies or lectures on these specific topics in modern times. Even if we are not going to talk about it at church it appears that secular business book writers are willing to pose the question in another framework. At the end of your life, how do you want to be remembered?
We are all going to die at some point. We will be judged. What is our eternal destiny--heaven or hell? I don't know who gets credit for the old saying, but I think it is worth repeating. Be careful of your thoughts. They lead to words. Be careful of your words. They lead to actions. Be careful of your actions. They turn into habits. Be careful of your habits. They shape your character. Once your character has been shaped it points to your destiny.
We seem to take a very casual attitude toward the wisdom contained in that way of thinking. How diligent are we at shaping our thought processes to reflect God's goodness? How frequently do we use our words to criticize, gossip, curse, lie, and demolish the reputations of other people? Or do we use our words to build up the Kingdom of God? As we reflect upon our actions and habits, are we happy with what we see? Am I a person of good moral character? What is my destiny, or my destination?
Take some time today to ponder these two questions.
1. If I died today how would I be remembered?
2. Is that how I want to be remembered?