Feb. 21, 2012 — “Who is Paul McCartney?” To the amazement of many, this question became a trending topic on Twitter when the music star who first gained fame in the 1960s as a member of The Beatles took the stage at the Grammys.
The next day a columnist commented that the Twitter trend was “surely a joke.”
Joke or not, being remembered is important to people. Most want to leave a legacy. Most want to be memorialized in some way.
Some point to their children; others to their creative endeavors such as the books they authored, artwork completed or architectural designs; to some it is time invested as a mentor or volunteer.
People establish foundations, scholarships and charities in the names of loved ones; build hospital wings or college additions; and sometimes establish libraries, art galleries and museums with collections of their life’s work.
If we can’t remain, we want our life at least to have lasting value.
The theme song from the movie Fame expresses this thought… “I’m going to live forever, Baby remember my name.”
We are so taken with making a name for ourselves in this world we do not give much thought to what if anything might be beyond but we speak of life being too short.
The prophet Isaiah wrote what we instinctively know: “All flesh is grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.” (Isaiah 40:6b)
Each spring I am amazed at how quickly the green rolling foothills littered with wildflowers turn pale yellow as the grass dries and the flowers wither.
It seems I drive out of the mountains to visit family in El Dorado County one weekend and marvel at the beauty of the landscape only to find it has vanished a few weeks later. This is a snapshot of life — it is fleeting.
And so we write journals, biographies, make scrapbooks and create Facebook pages to capture the years that are soon lost.
In Ecclesiastes 3:11b we read that God has set eternity in our heart. What is that? In John 17:3 Jesus explains, “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
In Jon Courson’s Application Commentary he writes: “Every person understands innately, intuitively that he is an eternal creature. While he may suppress that knowledge (Romans 1), instinctively he knows that eternity is in his heart, that there’s more to life than what he sees.”
Fame rarely stands the test of time. Sure, most people know who Paul McCartney is, but the superstar status he once held has faded. When the Baby Boomer generation is gone will people remember his name?
It is not so important that we make a name for ourselves while living; what is important is that our name is written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelations 21:27) so we have life everlasting. Will Jesus Christ remember your name?
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