What Do You Want To Be Remembered For?

Dreams, Purpose, Potential

Someday your going to die. No one wants to think about it; but it’s true. We don’t live forever. If you have a dream this is one of the most important things for you to remember.

Chances are you’re worried about living out your dream. How is it going to feel one day when God answers your prayer? How’s it going to feel when your dream comes true? It’s going to be amazing. To live in your dream is one of the most satisfying things that can happen to you.

But to reach your dream requires you to understand your wiring. You’re wired to reach the potential that God has for your life. You’re wired to reach your dream. This question… “What do I want to be remembered for?” is the best place to start when it comes to accurately understanding what you’re wired to do.

If you have a dream, then you need a plan to reach it. Knowing, understanding, and following your unique wiring is where to start when it comes to living in your dream.

This Question Is A Compass for your dream

Many people will never think about this question; but that doesn’t change it’s impact on your life. Deep down we all have something that we hope our life leaves behind. We want our family to think back about us with honor. Wouldn’t it be one of the best things to know that your life changed the course and direction for the lives of the ones you love most? We want our family, friends, colleagues and coworkers to feel that we made a difference in their life. Everyone, including you, wants to know that your life matters.

Here’s the thing…Whether you aim to or not you are going to leave behind a legacy. You absolutely will be remembered for something! You will leave an inheritance to your family that’s much more valuable than money. You have this one life to build that inheritance. So this question of what you’re going to leave behind should be a question that directs your life.

It’s a compass. When you can’t seem to find your way, look to this question. If you don’t know what your true purpose in life is, let this question guide you. You may not understand what you’re dream is at the moment; but I bet you know deep down how you want to be remembered when you’re gone.

Your One Thing

Your dream is your one thing. It’s the title slide to a life filled with amazing content. The dream that compels you to go forward is worth understanding, it’s worth finding out. God has a plan and a purpose for you and knowing how you’re wired helps you achieve the one thing you were created for.

God wired you that way

I remember getting really discouraged a few years ago. It seemed like everything was going against my dream. Have you ever felt like your dream was slipping through your hands and you were powerless to stop it? Maybe for you it was a prayer that needed answering. Either way, sometimes you can allow yourself to get discouraged. There were some ideas that I had been thinking about implementing; but I just didn’t know if they would work. One morning as I prayed about all this, I felt the Lord speak  in my heart.

Here’s what I felt Him saying:

“These things are from Me. I place in your mind the ideas I desire. Don’t doubt my ideas. Lean in to the things I’ve wired you to do. Lean in to the call that I have placed on you and you’ll find the dream of your heart. My dream is being fulfilled in you. Follow the things that I place in your heart; and hold on to them. I have placed them there. Be encouraged, not discouraged.”

Then He said this:

“Is there any reason for you not to trust me?”

I couldn’t believe what I had heard inside. It strengthened and encouraged me so much. And since I was in a habit of typing out my prayers at that time, I typed down what I felt was God’s response to me. I still have it saved in my files and refer back to it when I feel unsure, or down.

You know what? You can trust God!

Here’s the point of that story…God didn’t just wire me to reach my dreams. He wired you too. Why is this so important? Because legacy, what people will remember about you when you are gone is like the hot wire in your life. Legacy literally powers your dream. Really your dream is simply the outworking, or the fleshing out of your internal wiring. When you know what you want to be remembered for after you are gone, it gives you motivation, direction, and a since of understanding about what you were put here to do. All of that helps you know if you have the right dream.

God wired you a certain way for a reason. That reason is simple. There are some things that you probably won’t be able to accomplish. Some people are born with the ability to sing. Others learn that ability. Usually the ones who are born with it are easy to distinguish from the ones that aren’t. In the end, you want to chase the right dream. You want to go after the right thing. To do that you need to be chasing the dream that God wired you catch.

I think you probably already know what you want to be remembered for. God plants destiny in our heart from the moment we are born. Looking back at my life I can see that even from a young age I had a desire to help people. Maybe I didn’t know how to put that desire into words. For sure I didn’t know that God would call me to be a pastor. But on some level I knew there was a purpose for my life.

Here’s why it’s important to understand your unique wiring…Because your wiring connects the switch to your dream. If you get cross-wired, or get things all mixed up, you’ll never reach the dream that you really want to reach. Knowing what you want to be remembered for is a big part of learning about your internal wiring.

I believe that you can be remembered as the person that lived his or her dream. You can make the impact God designed you to make. You can be happy, and satisfied with where your life ends up.

Here’s one thing you need to take the time to do:

Write down what you most want to be remembered for.

Actually write it down on paper. Do you want to be remembered as being loving or kind? Is it your dream to be remembered as a great leader or parent? Or do you simply want people to say that you really made a difference in their life? The key to hitting that goal and reaching that dream is to write it down.


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Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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