When asked how he wanted to be remembered Ronald Reagan answered, “ I don’t care. I won’t be here.” An old time preacher from a previous century once said, “ Preach the Gospel, live out your faith in Jesus, then be satisfied to die and be forgotten.” The Apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” I believe all three of these men understood that no matter how important we are, we are not all that important. We are only here to give honor and glory to the great Creator of all things and then move on.
Important people of this generation will be forgotten by the next generation. Necessary things of today will be useless tomorrow. Up to date will become out of date and cutting-edge will become obsolete. The sun will rise and the sun will set. What is built today, the earth will reclaim tomorrow. Ancient things have already been forgotten and modern things will soon be ancient. Therefore, remember your Creator and know that while this life is only a vapor, the life we have in Jesus is eternal. Worship Him while you are in this world and be prepared to move on.
More and more as I get older, I recognize the temporary nature of earthly things. Cars that I once thought were so cool, now just look old and junky. When I finally get around to buying the latest style clothes, they are no longer the latest style. Houses that were once home to growing families, are now crumbling from the inside out. New things become old, old things fade away. Things I once thought were very important, now I realize never were. God’s mercy alone is new everyday so I will live my life honoring Him, until it is time for me to move on.
Jesus has called me to be the light of the world and this light must shine as long as I am on this earth. People may remember my name for a while, but soon they will forget. I am okay with that, because this world is not my home. I am just a pilgrim passing through. One day My journey will be over and the Lord will call me home. When He does I will be ready, to move on.
Douglas & Deborah Huff
From Down Where The Pavement Ends