more than a memory

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What do you want to be known for - remembered for? When people look back on your life, would you like to be known as the girl who always dressed right or could decorate her home Pinterest perfect, or do you want to be the woman who feared God, and followed His word above all else? I have a feeling I know what you're thinking, because I've been there too.

Jesus > the world

In the woman's bible study on base, I am in a group studying 1 & 2 Thessalonians. This is really an incredible duo of books chronicling Paul's letters to young Timothy as he begins to disciple those in ancient Thessalonica. I could get into a bunch of whatnot from this book because of the biblical history classes I've taken, but let's not go too far now and overwhelm everyone. The essentials of this study is learning to continually give thanks to God & love and respect others. We are to live our lives well. Live a quiet, godly life, not bringing attention upon yourself, while being patient, encouraging, and helpful to all. Keep to God's law, give thanks and rejoice always, and pray without ceasing. Isn't there a famous verse in there somewhere? Anyway, that's the essentials. Living a godly life.

These two short books show us how to live well. Living well! What a concept. This is what we should strive to be known for - one who savors life found with Jesus at the hull. Following his teachings, reaching and loving on others.

I'd much rather be known as a kindhearted person who lived well than an essentially vain individual who cared more about what others thought - a people-pleaser. Because in the end, who's opinion matters? The neighbor down the road, the other wife at the commissary giving you a look, or the word of God, the teachings of Jesus? Yeah, I think you know the answer to that one too.

So here's to learning to let go of societal views of how we should live our lives, and instead follow the teachings of Paul - to live a life as a follower of Christ. Because that's what really matters. Jesus matters. People matter too, but Jesus rises above all.

That's how I'd like to be remembered - as a kind Jesus-lover who lives well! That salted caramel chocolate shortbread recipe on Pinterest (you know- those recipes that you can never replicate) or that one blogger with the cutest layout and outfit posts (cause who has the money for that kind of a wardrobe?) every day? That kind of memory can wait. Yeah - I'd prefer the former.

I read a book the other month called Faithprints - perfect for more reading upon this topic! You know I'm going to start giving book suggestions yall!

Let's ache to be more than a memory - to make an impact on others. To live well, and to be remembered as such. We don't have to have it all together, because that will never be the case. Jesus makes us whole - we just need to look to him. Let's strive to leave faithprints wherever we go and follow Jesus' teachings to live well in this side of heaven! That's what I want to be known for.

2 comments:

  1. It's hard sometimes to live a life where I'll be remembered as the God fearing, Jesus loving wife and mother. I often get so clouded with the world, and kids, and life, and etc. etc. etc. It's nice to be reminded that it's not about the world, it's about our most powerful God! Thanks for the post!

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  2. My friend is hosting a daily bible verse link up on her blog. I promised her I would link up and I just haven't had a second to blog this month. You should check it out! http://rejoicingrebecca.com/blog/

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