How Will We Remember You?
If you’ve paid attention to the news over the last 3 months or so, you’ve heard about some of the disturbing things that had happened and then got covered up at Penn State University several years ago. Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary football coach got a lot of attention for his part in the scandal – which was that he allowed people in his organization to commit heinous crimes without penalty and then allowed them to remain in positions of authority where they could continue to do bad things if they chose to.
The point is this: Joe Paterno died two weeks ago.
How will he be remembered? For most of the world, he will not be remembered as the legendary coach but as a key part to one of the biggest scandals in college sports history.
How will you be remembered?
I am about to drive to Albany to take my wife and son to the airport. I found myself making a mental “honey-do” list while getting ready this morning. Then a somber thought entered my head: I might not ever make it back to Utica. What have I done this week or last? This month? This past year? How would people remember me?
We never know when our last moment will be.
Make it count.
James 4:13-1713 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.