Today is a day set aside to remember and honor those who have served our country in the armed forces. Throughout my lifetime, it served as a day to remember loved ones who died. Taking flowers to the cemetery often happens on this day.
It is good to remember. As I thought of that, I wondered what the Bible has to say about remembering. My discovery amused me, convicted me, delighted me. I decided to share it with you.
9History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. 10Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. 11We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
While I don’t want this admonition of Solomon to be true, it likely is. My life is filled with memorable events, trying moments, hardship and joy. I want to think someone will remember me. Reality is, I will be forgotten. Even if I was famous, eventually I will be forgotten.
This doesn’t discourage me as much as it makes me remember to take myself less seriously. It’s okay if I don’t get it right every single time. It’s okay if I don’t get the highest score, the best grade, the promotion or the accolades. I want to live my best life, but I also want to live it free from the pressure of creating a legacy that outlives me.
There is a song by Casting Crowns that helps me keep my life in perspective. I hope you enjoy it!