I just saw a story about one of the most famous athletes in the world. He is at the pinnacle of popularity and fame in the biggest sport across the globe. Though I don’t mean to suggest anything about whether he really is a “good guy” or not, because how would I know, yet I want to say that it is refreshing to hear him say that he finds it more important to be remembered as “a good guy” than as the best player in history. Rather than breaking records, this is what matters to him. It is refreshing to hear that, though we can only hope that it is really true for him in a deep and profound way. We don’t often hear or see much of that among the famous and “elite” people of today.
What, though, does it make us think about in our own lives, I might ask? Do we have our priorities right about what is important in life and how we would want to be remembered? I hope that we do, and seeing a statement like this athlete’s can perhaps help remind us of the truth and importance of such a mindset. I hope that I live in such a way that people see what is important to me, and that it is far more than worldly achievements or anything of the sort. I hope that everyone who knows me can easily and readily see that my deepest desire is to be a loving, kind, faithful person who reflects the true nature of God in my own life.
What would be the goal for you in life so far as the defining trait of your years? How would you have people remember you when you are gone? Would you be remembered as a successful businessman? A “popular” guy to be around that makes everyone else laugh? As the brightest and most intelligent person? What is the most important thing here? Isn’t it far more important to be a loving, kind, selfless person who serves others before himself? This is far more noble and worth far more praise and remembrance than so many things that we esteem today. We ought to put that truth into our daily thoughts, starting this very day. Let’s all go live today looking to fulfill that thought: Giving priority to loving others before seeking our own advancement in whatever way.
Check out this reflective poem on the idea if you would like: