What People Will Remember About You?
By Pastor Ray Dare
People will forget what you say, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel. Success is having those closest to you feel loved by you.
Dr. Littleford, his 12 year old son Mark, and two other fishermen climbed into their small seaplane and skimmed over the Alaskan mountains to a pristine, secluded bay where the fish were sure to bite. They parked their aircraft and waded upstream. Later when they returned to camp, they were surprised to find their seaplane high and dry. The tide had gone out. Since they couldn’t fly until morning, they decided to sleep in the plane. In the morning the seaplane was adrift, so they tried to take off only to discover that one of the pontoons had been punctured and was filled with water. The extra weight threw the plane into a circular pattern and within moments the seaplane plunged into the sea and capsized. Everyone was still alive, however, there were no life vests on board. So they began swimming to shore in the frigid water. As they began to swim the current countered every stroke. The two other men made it to shore as they watched father and son drift out to sea, arm in arm. They said Dr. Littleford could have made it to shore too, on his own, but that would have meant abandoning his son Mark. The Coast Guard reported that they probably lasted no more than an hour in the freezing waters. They said that Mark being the smaller of the two probably died first in his father’s arms. The father was willing to die with his son rather than abandon him. I’m sure you would do the same. But if we’re willing to die for people we love, we should also live for them.
The Bible says, “There are only three things that will endure – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) God shows us how to leave a lasting legacy. Become a loving person. It’s all that you will be remembered for, were you a loving person? Nobody’s going to care about your business savvy, how many deals you closed, contracts you signed or your position in the company, but they will remember – “He/She loved me.” People will forget what you say, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.
In your closing moments of life; what will matter most? I doubt very seriously that you’ll be thinking about your bank statements, investment portfolio, trophies, certificates or degrees. At that moment, you won’t care about your great accomplishments or the things and toys that you’ve acquired. One thing is going to matter most to you: people; your relationships. Why wait until it’s too late and you can’t do anything about it? The best use of life is love and the best time to love is now and the best way to love is time. Today is the day to begin loving the people in your life. You don’t know how long you’re going to have the opportunity. Circumstances change, people die, children grow up and leave home. You’re not guaranteed tomorrow, so if you’re going to express love you need to begin today.
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