The Story of Our Lives

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

I watch the white stuff swirling outside my window while the gray matter inside my head does the same sort of dance.

There’s more time to think on long, quiet winter days, so I do. And all the thinking boils down to a single question, sending an unexpected chill through my core.

How do I want to be remembered?

I guess now would be a good time to confess that I have spent way more hair-pulling hours on this post than I’d like to admit. I’ve written and re-written and written again.

My delete button is starting to look as worn out as this crazy perfectionist chick that keeps pecking at it every two minutes.

So, enough already.

How do I want to be remembered?

Well, I know it will never be for my perfection. Not for my looks or my brains or my wit. And certainly not for any noteworthy accomplishments on my resume, of which there are none.

My life has been marked by undeniable failure but also by God’s unfathomable grace, and every breath I’ve been given is owed to the unmerited mercy of the One who made me.

So, if I’m remembered at all, I hope it will simply be for remembering Him. For surrendering my pen to the great Author who wrote me into existence. Because, if nothing else, I have understood one thing.

Only He can write the story the way it was meant to be written.

And if you think your memoir is being scribbled in obscurity, think again. God sees you. He sees each one of us.

He rejoices to watch the delicate parchment of our hearts opening to Him because He knows that all our stories, like all these snowflakes swirling are intricately designed, uniquely beautiful and completely unforgettable.

“all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

Would you like to join me in making this happy song your prayer today?

6 thoughts on “The Story of Our Lives

  1. Hi Angel! Boy, you pose a really big question today. How to be remembered?
    Your post reminded me of a song that says “All I want, is to be remembered for loving you (God).” What a wonderful thing to be remembered for…

    I know at funerals I am always touched by eulogies that cover a person’s spiritual life and family life. So I guess I would like to be known as loving my family, and keeping the faith-light burning. Time will tell, right?
    Have a great Thursday 🙂
    Ceil
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    • You’re right Ceil. Time will tell. And it is a big question. So big I almost didn’t write this post but it somehow made it past the send button. 🙂

  2. I can relate to this right on down to the word out delete button. It’s either funny or Providential but this is the second blog post I have read in the short time that I have for computer reading right now on the topic of what will be your legacy/how will you be remembered. I am struggling with that right now so both have given me a great cause to pray. I don’t know what God would have me write right now, or what He’s trying to write for me.
    Debbie recently posted…A Week For the DumperMy Profile

    • I hear you Debbie. It’s hard not knowing. Waiting. As you say, this gives us “great cause to pray.” I couldn’t agree more!

  3. Oh Angel, this is so good. I love this: “My life has been marked by undeniable failure but also by God’s unfathomable grace…”

    None of our failures surprised Him, and yet He still chose to love us and give us grace.

    Beautiful post!
    Joan recently posted…Snowy Days and DominosMy Profile

    • Thank you Joan. Yes, the grace He chooses to give in spite of our failures is beyond my comprehending. But I am so thankful for that gift.

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