When I Die.

Have you ever wondered what people will say about you when you’re dead and gone? I have… I do… I guess part of my curiosity stems from the fact that I have many relatives I know nothing about. People as close as my great grandparents. And I don’t even know their names.

When I die, will my great-grandchildren, know anything about me? Will they know my heart? Will they know what I stood for? And who I lived for?

I pray this is the case.

I pray that I live my life in such a way, that when I die, I have left a legacy for those I love. The ones who will carry my DNA for years and years to come… And for those who don’t know me at all.

When I die, I want to know that no matter how ugly the world was, I was a light in a dark place. That I did all I could to bring goodness, mercy, and love, to every person I ever made contact with. That in all things, at all times, I acted selflessly.

1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Eight years ago, I watched a movie that depicted the meaning of true legacy. This movie had the single most impact of any I have ever seen. When it ended, I laid my head in my husband’s lap and sobbed a gut-wrenching cry from the depths of my inner-most being.

Watching this movie caused me to come up higher than I’d ever dreamed imaginable. It challenged me to closely examine my deepest desires. To see which ones fit into the truly important category. (Because quite frankly, I think we spend way too much time chasing things that don’t really matter much at all.)

Last night I watched it again.

The movie, “End of the Spear,” is a true story based on a group of American missionaries who were killed trying to bring the gospel to a violent jungle tribe in Ecuador. Though they had a gun, the missionaries refused to use it to defend themselves against a people who did not know Jesus at all. These men willingly laid down their own lives in hopes that one day, this tribe of unknowns, in the middle of nowhere, would come to know Christ.

At the onset, it appears these men lost their lives in vain.  But what follows is an amazing testimony of God’s incredible love and epic grace. The effects of these men and their families’ selfless devotion changed the destiny of countless generations of men and women.

I love how the Word carried out in the flesh does that.

When I die, I want to leave a legacy like that. One where even if people don’t know my name, they feel the effect of my life and love for others for generations and generations to come.

I pray that my desires match my words and actions.

How about you? When your time on Earth is over, what do you want people to say about you?

Do your desires match your words and actions?

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