“You yourselves have seen everything the LORD your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God who fought for you.”
Joshua 23:3, NIV
In Joshua 23, the patriarch Joshua is about to die. He gives his final words to the leaders and describes the good life. Joshua presents five elements to having a good life.
The first element is to build good memories. The others are to love God with the right motive, to find your cause in life, develop a good marriage and to leave a monument of influence. It is the last of these that our attention is drawn to in our devotional today.
Joshua took a stand and stated, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) He wanted to establish a monument. He would be the patriarch remembered for following the Lord.
It is important to live our lives and leave behind a legacy. A legacy is a monument of good influence that gives something special to others. Author Ken Gire wrote in The Gift of Remembrance the following:
What pictures will my son remember when he comes to the plain granite marker over his father’s grave? What will my daughters remember? Or my wife? I have resolved to give fewer lectures, to send fewer platitudes rolling their way, to give less criticism, to offer fewer opinions.
From now on, I will give them pictures they can live by, pictures that can comfort them, encourage them, and keep them warm in my absence. Because when I’m gone, there will only be silence. And memories…
Of all I could give to make their lives a little fuller, a little richer, a little more prepared for the journey ahead of them, nothing compares to the gift of remembrance-pictures that show they are special and that they are loved. Pictures that will be there when I am not. Pictures that have within them a redemption all their own.
QUESTION: What type of person do you want to be remembered as? What can you do now to make that happen?