How do you want to be remembered?

This summer I’m reading and working through Creating a Personal Life Plan by Michael Hyatt. (You can get the e-book by subscribing to his email list at michaelhyatt.com). The thought of creating a life plan can seem overwhelming, but it’s simply an opportunity to think through roles, goals, and actions steps for your current season of life. Since transitioning off staff with the Navigators and into a new season, I thought the time of reflection and goal setting would be appropriate.

The first step of creating a life plan is thinking through how you want to be remembered by people you interact with the most (parents, spouse, children, co-workers, etc).  This exercise forces us to “begin with the end in mind” and is sobering to say the least.  I’ll share a few of my reflections to give you an idea of what it looks like:

How do you want to be remembered by the following?

God — I want to be remembered as one who delighted in God. Someone who never stopped seeking to know God. I want to be remembered as someone who loved God’s Word.  I want to be someone who never lost amazement in the gospel.  I want to have been a person who lived with Biblical priorities and who had a heart for the lost. I want to be a remembered by God as a simple, faithful, and humble servant. I would like to be remembered by God as someone who hated sin and loved righteousness.

My Spouse — I want to be remembered by Katie as a kind and faithful husband. A spiritual leader for our home. Someone who enjoyed having fun together and sharing the ups and downs of life. I want her to remember adventures we took together across the world! I want to be remembered as someone who delighted in my wife.  I want to be remembered as a husband who was quick to repent and ask for forgiveness. I want her to remember me as a husband who lived a holy life.

My Parents — I want to be remembered as a grateful and respectful son. Someone who always took the time to care about what was going on in their life. I want to be remembered for special times, holidays, and events that we shared together. I want to be remembered as someone who made an effort towards family unity.

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Thinking through how you want to be remembered also forces us to think through changes that need to be made today.  It was a sobering exercise and I hope you take some time to think through how you want to be remembered when your life on earth is finished!