Here we are on day two of Bare Bottom Boot Camp potty training, and Baby hasn't gone once-- in or outside of the potty-- since she got up two hours ago. I fed her a huge breakfast, so I'm expecting a number 2 sometime soon, but so far no sign of anything. Hmm... [Amendment: Okay, so she just went pee as I was finishing this up...on the floor... ::sigh::]
We went to a viewing last night of a friend of the family's husband. He died suddenly in his sleep while on a business trip, and he was pretty young. His death was a shock to his whole family. We didn't know him that well, but Hubby and I are close with his stepson and granddaughter and her mom, so we drove the hour out to Indian Head to attend the visitation. When we got there there was almost no parking left. We had to circle the funeral parlor and finally park along the grass on one side. There were people everywhere, and very few were crying or even sad. Most of them were happy and laughing, hugging each other and exchanging words of encouragement. There was just such hope there, hope that comes with the knowledge that the deceased is waiting for us in a better place. I just thought to myself “Wow! I hope when I go, there's a turnout like this.” You can tell he must have been a great guy, to be so well loved.
Matthew 6:19-20 says “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Seeing what a huge turnout a guy like Chris received for a life in which-- to my knowledge-- he never did anything famous or momentous by worldly standards, it makes me wonder if he indeed took this verse to heart, and lived in such a way as to store up his treasures in Heaven. Instead of storing up wealth, did he give it to those who had need? Instead of coveting his time to do things he enjoyed, did he spend it with his family and friends, encouraging and loving on them? Instead of seeing to his own needs and desires, did he put others first? I think he must have, to have so many friends. Maybe that's one way to look at that verse.
Everyone wants to have a legacy, something to leave behind so they are not forgotten. Some people try to do this through great works, writing a novel or making a movie or storing up wealth so that future generations will remember them. But such a thing is almost entirely based on luck. Who knows whether you will write the great American novel, or even one that sells well? Who knows if your movie will be a blockbuster or just a bust? Some people might go a different route and try to support a cause, or give money. That's a little more likely to work. At the very least, you might get a plaque or a park bench with your name on it. If you donate enough, you might even found a scholarship in your name or something. But, again, whether or not people remember you down the road is anyone's guess.
And I guess really you could say the same for living a kind, virtuous, generous lifestyle; there's no guarantee that anyone will remember you several generations down the road. People are fallible and memories degrade with time. But you know who will remember? The only memory that will never grow old or degrade: God will remember. Not only will He remember, but He will reward you, should you accept the gift of eternal life He offers through the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. He will reward you with so many things as you enter Heaven: praise (Matthew 25:20-22), eternal fellowship with him (Revelation 2:10), a new home (John 14:1-3), a great feast (Luke 14:14-16), even a crown (Revelation 4:10)!
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”