Finding myself far too caught up in the trappings of Christmas present, it becomes difficult to see beyond December 25 most days. A never ending list to accomplish so that I cn succeed in a successful celebration clouds my future vision. If I were to stop and think of Christmas Future, what would truly matter about those future celebrations?
Scrooge had a wake up call when the final ghost visited him that night. When he saw how he would be remembered, how his actions of today played out in the living of the future, he was deeply saddened. Saddened enough to change the course of his life.
What we all desire is to be remembered with fondness and to leave a good mark on the world. Who will have memories of me and what will those memories say about me? Will I be another statistic of cause of death, or will anyone mark my passing with regret? This, My Friends, will cause the most light hearted to pause in ominous contemplation. The first Christmas after we have taken our leave of this terrestrial ball, will anyone miss us, will our legacy live on?
I do not have a crystal ball, but what I do have is the ability to begin today to ensure my legacy is beautiful. Like Scrooge, today is the day to start anew and change the final chapter. Today is all we have to change how we are remembered in the future. The next step we take is our path to the future. The choice is ours to walk the path of self indulgent narcissism or selfless service. Each step we take is a building block in the legacy of tomorrow. What a privilege to be remembered for finishing well-honoring Jesus as we decrease as He increases in our lives.
The three ghosts of Christmas-past, present, and future are a glimpse into who we are. If your ghosts could visit you, would you like what they had to say? No need to fret, no Bah Humbugs necessary--there is still time to change the end of the story.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."