“The memory of the righteous will be a blessing.” — Proverbs 10:7
A painting in an ancient temple depicts a king forging a chain from his crown, and nearby, another scene shows a slave converting his chain into a crown. Underneath the painting is this inscription: “Life is what one makes it, no matter of what it is made.”
You and I have been born with certain “ingredients.” A baker may find the staples of flour, sugar, and oil in his kitchen and from those may be able to concoct a number of dishes. In the same way, what you create from the talents and abilities God has given you is up to you!
We should live our lives in such a way that it could be measured according to these words by an anonymous poet:
Not—How did he die? But—How did he live?
Not—What did he gain? But—What did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not—What was his station? But—Had he a heart?
And—How did he play his God-given part?
Was he every ready with a word of good cheer,
To bring a smile, to banish a tear?
Not—What was his shrine? Nor—What was his creed?
But—Had he befriended those really in need?
Not—What did the sketch in the newspaper say?
But—How many were sorry when he passed away?
All eternity hinges on our relationship with Jesus Christ. Do we know Him personally? Does he live in our hearts by faith? By a surrendered life, are we allowing Him to live His life through us? Is Jesus able to touch others through you? It is Jesus, and Him alone, who can take the ingredients of our life and make us into something beautiful.
Influence: it comes from an unselfish life. Our worth is not about what we can “get our hands on,” but how many lives we can tough for God and for good. When we were born, we cried and the world rejoiced. We should live our lives in such a manner that when we die the world cries and we rejoice.