After the South lost the US Civil War, John Wilkes Booth wanted to be remembered as its avenger against the North. Some scholars speculate that because he was an actor, Booth’s planned assassination of President Lincoln was, in his mind, his greatest “performance.”
Ironically, John Wilkes Booth’s place in history is that of a villain. He is remembered for taking the life of an unarmed Lincoln with a gunshot to the back of the head. In contrast, Abraham Lincoln is remembered as the president who preserved the Union, freed the slaves, and exhibited “malice toward none and charity for all” (Second Inaugural Address).
The redeemed sinners listed in Hebrews 11 are all remembered for one common virtue: “All these . . . obtained a good testimony through faith” (v.39). Long after their deaths, the record of their lives of faith and obedience still inspire us today.
Few of us will be recorded in history books after we leave this world. But all of us will leave behind memories with our families and friends. Those closest to us are watching our response to God through times of testing and blessing.
Are you living in faith and obedience to Him? What will be the legacy of your life?
Even after we have left
This earthly scene below,
The witness of our life can speak
Of Christ, whom all can know. —D. De Haan
The memory of a godly life speaks more eloquently than words.