I Chron. 21:20 - He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years; and he departed with no one’s regret, and they buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
I am putting their conversation below for you to read:
Old James Ryan: My family is with me today. They wanted to come with me. To be honest with you, I...I wasn't sure how I'd feel coming back here. Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. I tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that, at least in your eyes, I've earned what all of you have done for me.
Ryan's Wife: James?
[Looking at the headstone]
Ryan's Wife: Captain John H Miller.
Old James Ryan: Tell me I have led a good life.
Ryan's Wife: What?
Old James Ryan: Tell me I'm a good man.
Ryan's Wife: You are.
Ryan was concerned about his legacy. He wanted affirmation from his wife the one who knew him better than anyone else. He wanted to hear from her that he was a good man, that he had led a good life.
Isn't that what most people want when they know they are coming down to their last few years or days?
Why is it that we wait until our life is about over before we start to think about our legacy?
The king was the same age as the actor Paul Walker, when he died a few years ago. The big difference between the king and Paul Walker is Walker had people who mourned his death.
He had helped people during his life. His life was not all about him; he was concerned about others and helped them while he could.
As I said most people care about their legacy but it is for certain that not all people are concerned about what type of legacy they will be leaving.
In fact, most people were probably glad that he was gone. How sad is that? He lived 40 years and when he died no one regretted this King's death. This is such a different picture from when King David died.
King Jehoram made choices that only benefitted him.
In the end he was stricken with an illness that lasted two years. He spent the last two years of his life in great pain according to the scriptures (I Chron. 21:18-19).
2017 is a few days away. If you need to make some changes in your life there is no better time than right now. Give yourself and others a great gift, give them a new you in the New Year.
Think on This:
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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