I’m back…My people! I hope that you have been truly living out the time you are given. Life is precious. If you have not realized how precious, just wait until someone that you love more than yourself has to leave this earth. Some of you are ready to close this window and look for the latest Kardashian news, but I am just trying to be real.
For just a moment, think about how you want to be remembered. Do you care about the photos in the program of your memorial service? Do the memories people share on that day matter to you?
I can answer all of those in one word, NO. Surely, people who plan every detail are wonderful because it takes a lot of pressure away from the family, but what will you leave behind. What imprint will you leave on those who knew you?
Perhaps you are thinking, “Imprint? This world is built on the premise that every man is for himself.” Well, I want to tell you that the life you lived while people could see, hear, touch, and interact with you should speak louder than any words that you or anyone could author in your obituary. It is more that donating change to needy children in the supermarket or offering someone a ride. While these actions are noteworthy and certainly bless someone, I want you to dig deeper. It is more that spending time with friends and being kind and generous to people that you like.
Your imprint can be larger than the people you CHOOSE to be around. It is larger than your children, greater than your lifelong friends and even deeper than being a devoted spouse. Kindness toward people you love is easy, try being nice to people you do not know. Invest in a young person that is not related to you because you have some extra time or money, not because you are asked.
There are so many kindnesses you can bestow on people from day to day, but keep in mind that your imprint is more that what you do. It is your heart. What parts of your heart do you leave on your timeline? The judgmental pieces? X-Rated segments? Some how our society has the idea that technology at your finger tips means freedom of speech at the expense of your dignity and heart. Try your best to be the best version of you in the streets, at home, in church, at work and online!
None of us are perfect, but people that have nothing to say in person (negative or positive) often have no problem dragging someone on the internet for anything! It really bothers me. While I believe the internet is great place for discussion of any kind, some people have no tact.
What am I getting at? Your voice speaks for you and tells your life story just as much as your actions. There are three kinds of people in your friends lists: genuine family/friends, people that pay attention to keep in touch, and internet trolls.
Do not let the trolls surprise you, they exist offline too. People that text you just to see if you are having less fun than they are on holidays, those who have nothing positive to say about you and blame you for it, and folks that invite themselves out with you just to negatively tear your outing apart.
Live to give of your energy. Live to ignite someone else positively. Live to be remembered for being a blessing.