Stanfield: inheritances can be done in a day
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese produced and narrated a documentary on the work and life of Fran Lebowitz.
A Lebowitz analogy stuck in my mind and I will never forget it. She said a friend gave her a book to read. She started reading the story one night and fell asleep. She put the book down on the bedside table. Her friend asked her a few weeks later what she thought of the book.
Fran didn’t answer and the friend said, “Did you hate that? Fran replied, “worse, I forgot I was reading it.”
In Colossians 3:23 we read: “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as if you are working for the Lord, not for human masters. “
I often think about it. The life we live now is the legacy we leave behind. Whether you are a Christian, atheist, agnostic, of any religion or non-religion, this is an absolute truth that cannot be disputed. When you die, how do you want to be remembered? And how tragic would it be not to remember anything?
When I think of my father, I shake my head with pride at the courage he had. When I remember my friend Dana, I think of the funny things she said and the loyalty she always showed. I often think of my friend, Bill Crytes, and I automatically remember how kind and sincere he was. When I think of my cousin Bub Felts, I think of an amazing person and musician. I think of my friend Winfred Garner and I smile. Each time I smile.
Live your life like a documentary produced by Martin Scorsese and not like a forgotten book. The great thing about inheritances is that you can make one in a day. Make your book a book that God smiles on as he reads it.
Thank you, Lord, for the opportunities You have given me to do good. No matter how many times I messed up, today is the day I write my best chapter.
Rick Stanfield is a columnist, motivational speaker and author. Its website is rickstanfield.com. Email him at [email protected]