cemetary.jpg (420829 bytes)How Did You Live?

One morning last week I was listening to the daily audio bible and the passage was from 2Kings15. Basically it’s a historical listing of the rulers and kings.  Each King’s life and term were noted and a description followed.  If you read the message translation it went something like “he did well in the eyes of God” or “He lived a bad life before God.” If you look in the King James version you will read things like: “he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD” or “he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD” Each ruler was evaluated in these terms. Occasionally there was something like he did good, but - and then a description of the rulers shortcoming. However at the end of each King’s life description it reads that “he died and was buried with his ancestors” and then the bible states that everything he accomplished is written in the Chronicles of the Kings. That’s it in a nutshell he was good or bad and he died.

reflect.jpg (850807 bytes)We don’t have Kings here but we do have “The King of Pop” and public figures. Last week we saw several prominent people die. Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson and then surprisingly the OxiClean man Billy Mays all died. People talked about their lives and accomplishments.  But it’s not just the famous celebrities that get talked about, we all talk about people’s lives whether they are superstars or not. I was young when my Mom’s father died and I have vague memories of a not kid friendly man with a creepy musty cellar like basement. I recall talking about him with my father and Dad described him as “A son of a gun,” and this wasn’t meant as a compliment. My grandfather didn’t live in the age of technology that we do, yet he still left a legacy, a “he did good or he did bad” statement. We now on the other hand could potentially influence so many more people. We blog, we facebook and people can even follow us all day if we tweet. Every day we lead private and public lives but the sobering reality is that in the end we’re going to be summed up in a few words. We proclaim our legacy every day, and one day it will all be condensed into oreflect3.jpg (963316 bytes)ne simple statement.

“Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I am thinking. Don’t let me follow evil ways but lead me in the way that time has proven true. “ Psalm 139:23-24 Contemporary English Version