Daily Thoughts – How Would You Like to Be Remembered?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Good Morning!

When your children ask in time to come, “What do those stones mean to you?” then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD … So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.

Joshua 4:6-7 ESV

(So change the Jordan to the Missouri,
and the people of Israel to the people of Nebraska City).

Because we are God’s children, we always have a home.

Yesterday we stopped everything to remember our past, celebrate our present, and to look to our future.  What a nice day it was (inside)!  Thanks to the 165th anniversary committee for all of their hard work!

Dr. Sara Crook – Chair

Chloe Higgins

Makensi Blum

Bruce Merrill

Lucille Sharp

Mark Kemper

Dr. Charles Kathurima M. Pastor

And thanks to Drew and Shari Russell for manning the kitchen with the youth so that I could spend time in Sunday school with the children!

Camryn and Carey

I didn’t get many pictures yesterday (ok, this is the only one) because I was working, but the Sunday school kids and I came down to hear our friend and his mother sing.  Great job, Camryn and Carey!

A few years ago Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson told the confirmation kids that people would tell them that they are the future of our church.  She said, “I am here to tell you that you are the present of our church.”

Those sixteen confirmands and youth group kids that cooked, served, and cleaned up yesterday …Those five little people in Sunday school … And the ones, large and small, that couldn’t be there (all 72 of them) …

they are the future, the next 165 years.

But more importantly, they are the present …

without them today, there is no future.

I know each one of these young folks.  What a great future is in store for First United Methodist Church in Nebraska City!

We would also like to congratulate our newest long-time members of the United Methodist Church:

50 Years:……………………………..Ruth Lagerstrom & Perry Biaggi

60 Years: Jim Stuart, Jeanne Stuart, Chuck Lambrecht & Bruce Merrill

80 Years: …….…Betty Braye, Robert Harrah & Janice Stortenbecker

I had to chuckle when one of the Sunday school kids told me they thought they’d never see 80 years as a member!  “Is that like you, Ereline?”  Awwww, I love my job!

About fifteen years ago I was leading a conference session of community builders when I asked them to write their obituary.  They had about thirty minutes to write down on paper what they hoped people would say about them after their death.  When we all came back together, I then asked them if their choices leading up to that moment would produce those comments at their death.  If not, what needed to change?

Here’s a little something to think about …

How Would You Like to be Remembered?

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column.  The newspapers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake.  His first response was shock.  Am I here or there?  When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him.  The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.”  And also, “He was the merchant of death.”  This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?”  He spent some time in contemplation and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered.  From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.

What is your legacy?

How would you like to be remembered?

Will you be spoken well of?

Will you be remembered with love and respect?

Will you be missed?

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.  Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.  Use them well to serve one another.

1 Peter 4:10

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When your children ask in time to come, “what do those stones mean to you?” then you shall tell them that the waters of the Nebraska were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD … So these stones shall be to the people of Nebraska City a memorial forever.

Joshua 4:6-7 ESV, my version

Because we are God’s children, we always have a home.

Make it a GREAT day!

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