Just a few days ago, the George W. Bush Presidential Library was dedicated at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Presidential libraries are intended to be repositories for papers, records, collections, and other historical materials of every president who has held that highest office. In short, it is a place to preserve the legacy of a president.
I’m sure that each president, as he leaves office, has a way he wants his presidency to be remembered. However, legacy is not just something that presidents strive for. Each of us under the sound of my voice has something we want to be remembered for and some way we want to be remembered—not just in death but even as we transition the various seasons of life. For instance, as a graduating Masters of Divinity student next week, I want to be remembered as a hardworking, conscientious, dedicated classmate. So, legacy is not just about our final moments. All of us are striving to be positively remembered and make our mark throughout our lives.
While legacy is something that our finite, temporal minds try to wrap themselves around, the reality is [as Pastor Rick Warren says] “you weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.”
No, I don’t want to turn this into a spiritual soul searching session this morning, although all of us can never do that too much. I do, however, want to make one point in light of that statement. How does what you do from day to day translate into preparing for eternity? It’s real simple this morning. Are you trying to be remembered or are you preparing for eternity? Ponder that. Meditate on it. Sit with it.
Before I go, let me remind you to continue to pray for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing. Let us not forget this tragedy too soon but let it drive us to pray and spur us to practical action and a heightened moral and political consciousness.
Make it a great day!