Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Transient Glory

Sic transit gloria mundi is a Latin phrase that means "Thus passes the glory of the world". I was reminded of it recently when I looked at the cover of a paperback novel I bought years ago. It was by one of my favorite authors, one who'd won numerous awards for his fiction. The book has been marked down to nineteen cents! Sic transit gloria mundi.

In writing, we wonder how many people we touch. The average number of books read per year is 12, but that number is probably inflated by inclusion of people who read a lot. The number most often quoted is 4 per year--and I wonder if even that's not too high. Yet we keep writing, hoping to touch just a few, if not many.

We all affect people, some positively, some negatively. But few of us ever pause to consider the effect we have on those who look at us--at our work product, at our lives, at the way we behave. You don't have to preach from a pulpit or send forth the written word. Our lives tell a story every day. We need to remember that.

I used to throw prospective residents for a loop when interviewing them by asking the question, "What would you like your epitaph to be?" What I was really asking was "What do you want to be remembered for?" Some people spend their life making money, some strive for professional advancement, others just want to make it through another day. But stop and think. What would you like to be remembered for? How are you impacting other lives? 

Tweet with a single click. "How would you like to be remembered?"


5 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

I'd like to be remembered as someone who loved God and wanted to share the joy of knowing Him to others. I'm often reminded of something a Sunday School teacher said almost every Sunday: You are the only Bible some people will ever read.

Richard Mabry said...

Indeed--and our actions speak much louder than our words.

Jennifer Hibdon said...

I wished to be remembered as a woman who really cared about others. God loves us enough to sacrifice His Son for us. I want to show that love.

Richard Mabry said...

Jennifer, a worthy goal. Thanks for commenting.

Rose Blackard said...

I want to be remembered as someone who cares about others.Also as one who loves Jesus and wants to share him with others.