• How will you be remembered?

    Date: 2012.08.15 | Category: Thoughts to ponder | Tags:

    Max Lucado asked in his book “Outlive Your Life”

    “Had you been in Germany in WWII, would you have taken a stand against Hitler?”
    “Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism?”

    He says those 2 questions are fairly easily answered because they are both hypothetical and of course you’d like to think you would have done something. I agree with that.  It’s easy to say I would have hidden the Jews, but when your own family’s lives were on the line what would you have done?

    Max also says, “We are the wealthiest group of Christians ever.  When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day when 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response?”

    Hard questions.  There are so many areas that you can help.  So many people are hurting.  We have the ability to feed the poor, house the orphan, help the widow.  Why aren’t we as Christians standing up to do just that?  There are 147 million orphans.  We have 236 million Christians in the U.S. alone.  Why are there so many orphans?  Why are children dying from preventable diseases?  Why are children starving?   We, as Christians, should be able to help.   When you stand before Christ and He asks what did you do?  What will you be able to say?

    Years ago I wrote these words and they stand on my refrigerator as a constant reminder of what I want my life to mean.

    What Do I Want to Accomplish?

    “What do I want to accomplish?”  is a question I have often asked.
    What do I want them to whisper about me, years after I have passed?
    I want them to mention my faith and how every year it grew.
    I want them to mention the words, loving, caring, honest and true.

    I don’t want sins to rule my heart and mind any longer.
    I know though I am weak, my God is most definitely stronger.
    I want to turn my life over completely, why do I resist it so?
    I believe strongly in God’s plan….so why can’t I just let go?

    We are here on this earth to apply His word to every situation.
    To pass the tests He places before us and avoid temptation.
    To work on the log in our eye and not the sliver in our brothers.
    To worship our Lord with praise, putting Him above all others.

    To help the downtrodden and poor with the gifts given to us at birth.
    To stand above and not be consumed by the things of this earth.
    Father, I ask for your help, please give me wisdom and grace,
    So I can hear “well done, faithful servant” when I first see your face.

    – Lisa Ellsbury