I was recently presented with the challenge of asking myself what 3 words I want people to think of in regards to my life after I have gone on to my heavenly reward. How will I be remembered?
I decided to look at this from a different perspective and ask myself how I want people to think of me right now, before I am gone. How do I want people to characterize me in my absence?
This proved to be somewhat difficult as I would much rather place my focus on others than look inside and do my own soul searching. Being gut-level honest with ourselves about the person we desire to be oftentimes opens our eyes to where we may be missing the mark. In doing this exercise in the present tense, as opposed to thinking futuristically, I am hopeful that it will allow me start making adjustments now and continue doing so until I have become all that Christ designed me to be.
Having said all that, I did manage to come up with my 3 words.
Being genuine is not something that comes easily. It’s not that I choose to be deliberately dishonest, that isn’t what I am referring to. I’m talking about complete transparency about my own struggles and having a vested interest in helping others with theirs. This requires me to leave my “mask” in the drawer and be open about things that I would prefer to keep safely tucked away behind the “I’m ok, you’re ok” mentality. It means that I will admit fault, seek forgiveness and actually pray for others when I say that I will do so. Simply put, I want to be known as someone who is real & approachable not fake & standoffish.
Where compassion is concerned, I believe this is something that I have been gifted with. I am incredibly tender-hearted and sensitive to the plight of those around me. In a room full of people, I am naturally drawn to the one hurting the most. I never let someone cry alone and it brings me much joy to celebrate victories as well. My hope is to never let this attribute become insincere or robotic in nature. I feel deeply and want to be known as someone who uses their sensitivity to love, nurture & heal.
Faithfulness is just one of the character traits that represents the Holy Spirit dwelling in me. Building a reputation as being dedicated and loyal is vital to serving in ministry. Not only do I desire to express this type of devotion to others, but I want them to see my unwavering hope in the Lord. I want my life to reflect my foundation in God’s word, regardless of the difficult circumstances I am faced with. In living my life in this manner, I hope to be known as a devoted servant to God and his people.
So there you have it, the 3 simple words that I long to be known by. Can I ask you all to do the same today? Will you set aside some time to reflect on your own life and who it is you feel the Lord wants you to be? If you do this little exercise, I would love for you to come back and share it here with me. Even if you don’t want to elaborate, I invite you to post your 3 words to uplift and encourage one another.