The funerals of two well-known people took place last week. One funeral lasted nearly an unbelievable eight hours. The other took place over several days. I’ve also attended several funerals during the last few months. Family members and friends were eager to share their wonderful memories of the deceased.
I have also read during the years, several scathing obituaries describing the deceased as abusive, adulterous, with no redeeming qualities, and generally evil. How sad for those families that they are relieved at the death of a family member.
It makes me wonder sometimes what people will say about me at my funeral. Who will be there? What will they remember about me? What will be my legacy?
First of all, I hope to be remembered as a devout Christian. I have sought to live my life the way God wants me to. I have tried to be obedient to God’s will. I made Jesus Christ not only my savior but also my Lord. I want to live like Him. I have failed to be like Jesus many times, but the desire is there. I ask for forgiveness and try again.
Secondly, I hope to be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and etc. I made a lot of mistakes with my daughters, but I love them dearly. I also love my grandchildren and enjoy the time I spend with them. I also love to spoil those grandchildren much to the chagrin of my daughters. I just tell them that I learned how to spoil grandchildren from my mother. Someday, they will have their turn to spoil grandchildren. I hope I have taught them well.
I also hope to be remembered as a woman of prayer. I pray regularly for my family and friends. I also pray for wisdom and guidance. I read my Bible and seek God’s word.
Most of all, when I reach Heaven, I hope my Lord and savior will say to me:
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21 NIV)
The picture above was taken of the white board on my back door. My sweet granddaughter wrote this note for me on behalf of her and her brother. I don’t think she’ll ever know what a blessing this is to me.
I hope my legacy will make people smile and be glad they knew me. I hope the world is a better place because I’m here. I hope I’ve made a positive difference in the lives of those around me.
Does anyone else wonder what his/her legacy will be?