Legacy may defy will
Aeschylus, a Greek playwright is credited with developing the theatrical form of Greek tragedy in the early 400s B.C. His plays are still studied today by those interested in drama and classic Greek literature.
Ironically, his self-designed epitaph says nothing of his writings, only that he had been a soldier in the Persian Wars. Obviously, how he wished to be remembered and how he is remembered are two different things.
Dorcas was a lady mentioned in the Book of Acts. She had fallen ill and died. Her fellow Christians sent for the Apostle Peter to see if he could do something for her. When Peter arrived at the home, he was immediately confronted by a group of widows interceding for Dorcas by exhibiting a number of clothes she had made for them during her lifetime.
We have no clue how Dorcas wanted to be remembered, but I doubt she had any inkling that her life of compassion would be recalled even into the 21st century. She was just a lady expressing her faith in genuine ways.
Some strive hard to do something significant by which to be remembered, but it’s often the simple, unassuming things that speak the loudest after we are gone; the genuine things that speak of our character and nature.
Whether it is some great act, or a less grandiose behavior, it is not so much what we do, but how we impact our world that determines our legacy.
How will you be remembered after you die?
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.