January 8

Written by Bill Grandi on January 8th, 2020

My title for this devotion is Left Behind: Worthy vs Temporary.

Am I that far off in saying that we all want to leave something behind for which we will be remembered? I don’t think so. We all (or most of us anyway) want to leave behind a legacy, a point of reference where if our name is mentioned people says, “Oh yeah. I remember (such and such) about him/her.”

In the media world, for example, actor Tom Hanks was recently honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award. In his craft, that may be the highest honor to be bestowed. Known for his body of work, he will now be known for another (higher) honor.

The Sports world has its honors also. Hall of Fame. MVP. Super Bowl champs. Stanley Cup. College football #1.

Music. Stage. Lifetime Achievement. The list is seemingly endless. People want to be remembered-hopefully for good and not for bad. Think Al Capone. Bonnie and Clyde. Elliott Ness. Billy the Kid. And others.

In the OT is the book and story of Job. I’m pretty sure we all know that story. Everything is taken away from him but his life, but Job still said, “I know my Redeemer lives.” When everything he loved was wiped out, Job’s response was, “The Lord gives; the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (1:21)  When encouraged by his wife to curse God and die he said, “Shall we receive good and not evil from God?” (2:10)  (He also called her a foolish woman but we won’t go there! 🙂 ) In Job 19:32-24 he wished “his words were recorded, engraved in rock forever.” Funny thing is? They are. In the pages of THE BOOK.

What is it I want to be known for? Kindness? Generosity? Giver of grace? All the above. All are well and good. But the greatest? He was a Lover of Jesus. Yeah. I like that.

“Father, may the legacy I leave behind not be one of fleeting memories and temporary awards. May it be that I loved you first and foremost, above all, and that you were the reason I lived.”



4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I find it interesting, but I suspect the average Joe… like myself, will not be remembered past a couple generations. My hope is that I am not remembered as much as the impact and influence I have had on my children will continue to impact their children and their children’s children. That is the legacy I hope to leave.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Like you Ryan I have no delusions of grandeur of being remembered for a long time. However, if my children and my grandson passes along my legacy that will be worth it. And I do hope the folks from the church will remember WHO I loved. Thanks

  2. I would definitely want to be remembered as a person who loved the Lord and shared that love with others.
    Blessings, Bill!

  3. Ed says:

    I have nothing to be remembered for, down here anyways. Up there I’m sure I did something right!