How Do You Want People to Remember You? (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 99)
Ephesians 5:15 (NLT)
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.
Legacy is not something we think about on a regular basis. It is one of those concepts that we don’t fully understand until we are nearing the end of our lives. In reality, though, we should think about how we want to be remembered at every opportunity. One’s legacy is not formed at the end of life, it is developed throughout life.
How do you want people to remember you? This is a question that many people are afraid to ask and don’t know how to answer. This question makes us think about our past, present, and future in light of eternity. It helps us to re-examine and reconsider what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. It is also a challenging question. One that should spur us on to live our lives in such a way that it is worthy of remembering.
Our legacy is defined by our daily actions. We can choose what we want people to remember us for by doing what God has created us to do. People will remember you based on the effect you had on their lives. This is why it is important to think about your future right now. You must set a trajectory toward the type of legacy you want to cultivate now and leave behind.
People will not remember us just from a one-time act of goodness that we performed. Our legacy is not formed based upon one sole decision. As we live, people will remember us by what we did over time. It is our character, our decisions, our prayers, our strength, our inspiration, and our impact that will cause us to be remembered. These things are the sum of each decision and choice we make every day, all day.
We have a limited amount of time on this earth. We create legacy not by doing all things, but by investing time in doing the right things well. We must be willing to ask ourselves this hard question: How do you want people to remember you? If the answer is not what you want it to be, now is your time to change — to start making better decisions, to start speaking into people’s lives, and to start making a difference.
“Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.”
— Gary Vaynerchuck