When I was in Switzerland, a man there showed me around his home that had a grand staircase. On this staircase were pictures of all his relatives and descendents from hundreds of years back. It was an impressive place and he could trace ancestors who left Switzerland and founded a colony in the New World. I am certain that not all those in the portraits had done something worthy of being there, but they are part of the past.
Right now we all are “making our past” and what will be remembered about us.
Years from now, when we are no more walking this earth, someone will look at a picture or portrait and say things like “He was an old fussbudget” (related words: bawler, moaner, screamer, squawker, wailer, weeper, crab, grump, malcontent) or “She was so sweet” (related words: caring, loving, kind, good, pleasant). These are trivial comments, of course, but how much more would it mean to leave a legacy of faith, honor, loyalty, respect, or courage? It is something to think about this Sunday morning. People will not remember how much we went to church or who partied the best…but they will remember something about our character.
What will your legacy be? We may not have our portraits on a grand staircase…but symbolically the wall is blank…waiting to be given your face and mine. Give it some thought as you listen to the music below for Sunday Morning. (Click on flower)