Who are the important people in your life? Though you may have many Facebook friends and people you have met through the years, some people shine out above the rest. You might not know some of these people very well but they made an important impact on your life and you remember them with appreciation. Some friends you know very well and you value the memories you share and the bond with them. What do these groups share in common? Their lives have meaning and importance with you.
When I was a boy, there was an old man in the church who sat on the front row at every service. He was a frail skeleton of a man in a suit that seemed fitted for a slightly larger man and his smiling face was etched with the hard life of a coal miner. Every service his large Bible lay across his lap and he followed the preacher carefully. Unless he was extremely sick (his health never was the best when I knew him), he was sitting in his seat. He died decades ago, but I remember Brother Pope to this day. I remember his dedication and kindness. Any time I feel like not going to worship because I’m “a little sick,” I think of his diligence and it motivates me to quit whining and onto worship services.
There are people that, to this day, could call me at any hour of the day or night and I would drop everything to help them or their family because they helped me through a critical time in my life. They encouraged me or perhaps provided assistance to me in my time of need. They are not forgotten.
When we live the life of service to which we are called, we develop bonds with others and make the world better for having lived in it. We glorify Christ by our words and actions because we are doing what He would do. God does remember what we have done, but those whose lives were touched will also remember us–perhaps even when we have long departed from this earth.
When we live a life cherished by God and others, we will cherish it ourselves.