A friend once told me of a caring and much-loved school nurse
who died. She was well known by the faculty and students, as she had been there
35 years. When the principal announced her death to the children, many of them
began to cry.
To help ease their grief, the school counselor had a group of
children draw a picture of what the nurse meant to them. One child filled in her
paper with red. "This is her heart," she explained. "It's too big for the
At her funeral her friends and family clapped and celebrated her
life. She left behind a great legacy of love.
How will you be remembered? What legacy will you leave behind?
Toward the end of his life, Elton Trueblood made this
observation: "At the age of 93, I am well aware that I do not have many years to
live. Consequently, I try very hard to live my remaining years in such a manner
that I really make a difference in as many lives as possible. How do I want to
be remembered? Not primarily as a Christian scholar, but rather as a loving
person. This can be the goal of every individual. If I can be remembered as a
truly loving person, I shall be satisfied."
After you are gone, people may forget most of what you have
done. But they will remember whether you loved them.
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