1 Chronicles 29:28
Then he died in a ripe old age, full of days, riches and honor; and his son Solomon reigned in his place.
When the writer of Chronicles came to the end of David’s life, he only had one thing to say: David died an old man, full of days; he had riches and honor, and his son took David’s place as king of Israel.
Just as David did, each one of us will leave a legacy behind. I wonder what your legacy will look like. How will your friends and family describe you to those who never met you? Will you be seen as a good guy or a bad guy? Will people say that you were serious or funny, an optimist or a pessimist? It is my prayer that people will remember you as a man or woman of God. Is that your prayer as well? It should be. A godly life is nothing that you will obtain on you own. Nor is it anything that will come about by chance. If you honestly desire to be remembered as a godly individual, you must make that goal a way of life. You must rise every morning with an anticipation to live for God. Spending time with Him must become a joy rather than a burden. Doing well to others must be looked forward to, and not avoided. If you want others remember you as a person that loved the Lord, you’re going to need to love the Lord consistently.
How will you be seen when you are no longer on this earth. Will the less fortunate be glad that they knew you, or will they be pleased with your absence? Will old friends from school remember you as a bully or the only one who cared? What about your parents, or your children, are you a godly example to them? Will acquaintances remember you as someone that loved the Lord, or be surprised to find that you knew Him at all? I pray that I would live each day more fully for the Lord than the last. I also pray that the Lord would draw you closer to Him each day. When all is said and done, however, the way people remember you… is up to you.