"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Thursday, February 19, 2004 If you died today and could take only one memory from your entire life into eternity, what would you choose?
I just finished watching a Japanese movie called "After Life" that raises that question. It's set in this way station between life and whatever's next where people come every week, have 3 days to choose one memory, the staff there recreates it for them and then they go off into eternity with it.
So I've been thinking ... what would it be? It's not just picking something great to keep you happy ... it's realizing that EVERY other memory you have would be wiped away. What one memory would you be left with. Who is the person, who are the people you would want to carry with you through eternity. For me, it becomes a question of what moment has, what people have borne Christ to me most powerfully?
And then comes the next question ... have I been a part of someone else's experience of Christ... have I brought someone else joy ... have I done something with my life that would make someone else choose a memory with me in it? It's not a question of me wanting to be liked or loved (which, of course, I do!), but more a statement of possibility. Each one of us has the possibility of effecting someone's life -- of being part of God shaping someone's life -- in a way that is so amazing that they would look back on it and say "THAT is the moment."
I don't know what memory I would choose. But I know it would be full of amazing people. ... most of whom, all of them who don't consider themselves amazing. But they are. Through Christ we all can be.
| Mike at 2/19/2004 11:54:00 AM
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