Remember Me


Why do we want to be remembered?

The simple answer? So we’re not forgotten.
The not so simple answer reveals much more.
I believe each of us have a sense that we were created for a purpose. A purpose that is tied to our uniqueness.
No fingerprints are the same. It’s truly amazing to consider that out of approximately 7.5 billion people living on this planet, there is not a single person who is exactly like you. Not one.
And because we are uniquely and wonderfully made we have a desire to be remembered.
Streets are inscribed, buildings become monuments, charities and foundations celebrate the names if those who do not want to be forgotten. But streets are renamed, buildings are torn down, and the memories of people fade away even if their names do not.

And maybe that is the reason we want to be remembered. Maybe we have a sense that there is more to this life than our temporary existence here on earth. And we want to be remembered by our family, our friends, those we knew in this life- not only now, but forever. And to be forgotten is to be alone.

As a thief was dying on the cross in spite of the fact that people were present to witness his execution, in that moment with certain death approaching he was alone.

We are not given insight into what he was thinking, or why he was there. But the three words he spoke were recorded for all time.
“Jesus remember me..”
For a criminal dying alone on a cross it was important to be remembered.
And in that moment the condemned man saw in the face of the One who came to make death only a passing from one world to the next,  something more important than being remembered in this life.
“Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answer was not what we might expect to a man being put to death for his crimes, who most likely never even met Jesus.
He answered,
“Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.” – Luke 23:43

For all of us the hope of the good news is not only forgiveness of sins. It is also the promise of a new life that begins here and continues on into eternity. While all the things of this world will be forgotten good and bad we will not be forgotten. And we will never be alone.

Jesus remember me…


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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