I purchased an oil painting of a woman who is wearing a lovely vintage dress, and hung it over my bed. Today it held my gaze and I wondered what her life was like. Where did she live? Was she a contemporary in her day, or typical of a past century? …What was her story?
I am reflective and curiously moved by evidence from the past. I wonder about the history of abandoned homes that stand void of inhabitants and no longer function as a place of shelter or community. Stripped of purpose, their cold and declining frames beg for life to pass through again.
I wonder where the people are who hung the curtains, now dusty and torn. Who laid the red brick stairs and who suspended the tire swing that twists in the breeze beneath the tall oak. What did they do with their lives? Did they raise a family, enjoy hobbies, or have pets? Had they lived in peace or in chaos? If they died, are they in heaven or hell? The people are gone, but the resounding imprint of their lives remains to signal and challenge our modern day passage.
“The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.” ― Tavis Smiley
What legacy will be stamped on this earth when we’re gone? Will the positive outcomes of the pain we survive and the giants we face impact the future? Will our personal passions, the joys we celebrate, and the way we love, influence the living? Like the words of prayer that never cease to speak, but transcend space and time, our great God designed a world where the choices of every human life have everlasting impact.
Our choices are a bold and timeless witness of what mattered to us during our time on the earth. Consider them well – they tell your story.
Psalms 145:4 NLV Families of this time will praise your works to the families-to-come. They will tell about your powerful acts.
Proverbs 3:1-6 TLB My son, never forget the things I’ve taught you. If you want a long and satisfying life, closely follow my instructions. Never tire of loyalty and kindness. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart. If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
Colossians 1:10 TLB – and asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and honor him, so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better.