How would you want to be remembered?
What would you want said at your funeral?
Do you want to be just a memory, or do you want to leave a legacy?
April 20, 1999 is date that doesn’t sound significant until the word Columbine is mentioned. On that date the tragic killing of 12 students and 1 teacher occurred.
Of the 13 killed, the most famous would be Rachel Scott. She was the 17-year-old girl that was killed after being asked if she believed in God. Even though she knew what might happen if she said yes, she did so anyway.
She was shot four times.
She was a person that had made it her purpose in life to make a positive impact on the world.
When she was 13 years old, she traced her hands on the back of a piece of furniture and wrote, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will some day touch millions of people’s hearts.”
From all accounts she emanated compassion and hope.
She once said, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
Unfortunately she didn’t get the chance to fully live that out, but in her death she touched more people than most do in their entire lives.
Her funeral was broadcast on live television and is still to this day the most viewed nationally televised funeral, surpassing that of Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, and Michael Jackson.
On that fateful April day, one of the bullets went through her backpack and tore the cover of one of her diaries. The bullet ripped the back cover of the journal immediately next to one of her life goals. She had written, “I WON’T BE LABELED AS AVERAGE.”
In everything that has been written and said about her life, the word average has never been used. She was an extraordinary young lady that was taken much to soon.
Even though she was just 17 years old, she left a legacy.
So what about you? If you died today, how would people respond?
Would people breath a sigh of relief because they don’t have to put up with you anymore?
Would someone have to make up things just to make you sound interesting and appealing in you eulogy?
Fortunately, we get to write our own eulogies. The pen we use is called our life. We get to wake up every morning and add a chapter towards that end. The content is strictly up to us. The person that gives our eulogy doesn’t write it, they simply copy and paste from what we have written with our lives.
If you will take a moment and think about what you want your wife, your kids, and your friends and family to remember about you when you are gone, it will change your outlook on life.
The great thing about life is that we get to start over every day.
Don’t be average.
Make today the beginning of your new story.