Thursday, December 1, 2011

How Do I Want To Be Remembered?

                                Photo Credit:  Sunsets Wallpaper

I remember my grandparents who went home to be with the Lord back in the 80’s as kind and caring people to be around. I always enjoyed my visits with them, but the thing I remember most is their love for the Lord. The light of Christ always shined bright in their lives.

In the Bible, King David sinned, but he repented. God referred to him as “a man after His own heart.” He is known for his courageous stand against Goliath and writing many of the Psalms. The apostle Paul is known for his conversion on the road to Damascus and his bold testimony of Christ Jesus thereafter.

Adam and Eve are remembered for eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil resulting in the fall of mankind, not that I or anyone else would have fared any better. Judas Iscariot is known as the betrayer of Christ. Jonah is known for being swallowed by a great fish when he disobeyed God. God instructed him go to Nineveh, but he chooses fleeing to Tarshish.

Today many people are known for taking care of their families, yet Jesus is nowhere in their lives. Some put their jobs over their family and their kids remember them as always being gone. Others are known for their kindness, but they know not the Lord. Some are remembered as always being drunk. Others are known as grouches. Some are seen as hypocrites. They profess to be believers in Christ pretending to live righteous lives, yet live like the devil. Others are Christians who may be saved, but few know they are. Others are believers who are on fire for the Lord. They will be remembered for their testimony. 

How do I want to be seen as I live and remembered when I am gone?

Do I want to be a lamp for the light of Christ or a lamp hidden under a basket?

Do I want to live life for God’s glory or my own pleasure?

What will my opinion of these answers be one hundred years from now?
Believers Are Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV)


  1. Hi Ken,
    Good provoking questions. I really want to be remembered as someone who followed after God's heart and that His cares are my cares. This is my desire and He is faithful in giving me this. I want His light to shine through me into all the people I meet and that they will not see me but Him.

    What about you Ken? How do you want to be remembered?


  2. Thank you for sharing another one of your good posts Ken! A good post to get one thinking!

    God's blessings to you my brother!

    From your brother in Christ,

  3. Thank you Child of God for asking and your comment.

    I also want His light to shine through me. I do not want anyone to doubt that I am a follower of Jesus and my love for Him is reflected in the way I live my life. I want to serve Him with humility and love. I hope one day in heaven people come to me and thank me because I was faithful, God used that and they are now here in heaven.


  4. Ken: I believe a legacy is the most important thing we can leave behind us and one that points the way to Christ with love and compassion and kindness in how we treat others is the best kind of legacy to have. Thank you for this is so true. We do leave a legacy but what kind? Love and blessings to you today, Lori

  5. Ken, this is such a blessing to read this morning! I have been focusing and praying about this a lot; it's not always easy (!) but I am dedicated to try and be a light to others in my attitude, words, encouragement, and compassion as a testimony of authentic faith and trust to my loving Father. I want to be remembered as someone whose face shined with the glory of God! :)

    Blessings and hugs my friend,

  6. Great post, as always...

    But, does it really matter how we are remembered here on earth? We may live our lives so as to help and inspire others, but they may not remember us in a way that translates to further good. But, God knows...

  7. Hello Ken, I have considered this before. I try in all wisdom to act and respond to others how I feel the Lord would desire me to. We leave a legacy of light or darkness when we depart. I pray that my funeral is also a witness to those there. My grandparents were a witness of Christs love and goodness. I pray my family remembers me as being the same. God bless your day.

  8. Yes, I hope that Jesus shines through!

  9. Hi Ken -

    I enjoyed this post and gained from it indeed. You gave us points to ponder.

    My desire is to consistently be one whose soul follows hard after GOD -Psalm 63:8 - KJV.

    All of my life, I desire to bow at the feet of the mountain smoking, glorious, one and only living GOD.

    There is no better place to be...

  10. Hi Ken. Yes, I want to live so that others will see Jesus in me. I want them to be drawn to Him...and if it's because of how I live...praise God. Because it's only because of HIM, that I am who I am, today!
    Great post...Blessings to you, Chelle

  11. I want to leave a legacy that points to Jesus in all ways. I want to chase after His heart and in that, I want to lead others to Him and life with Him.
    Great question and wonderful blog! Thanks for visiting and causing me to return the visit.


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