How Would You Like to be Remembered

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 24, 2005

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?” He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.

What is your legacy?

How would you like to be remembered?

Will you be spoken well of?

Will you be remembered with love and respect?

Will you be missed?

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8 comments
  1. I hope I will be missed a little because someone needed me. 🙂

  2. I hope I’m remembered well but I don’t really think about it.

  3. Very interesting Kenny !! Thanks for sharing !!
    Blessings in Christ, bruce

  4. I wonder how Mr. Nobel would feel today about some of the recipients of the award.

  5. What a thought-provoking post! I knew that Alfred Nobel had invented dynamite, but did not know he had the eerie experience of reading his own obituary! Those five questions in your conclusion deserve careful consideration. Also important: What will God say when I stand at the gates of heaven? If I want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21), I have to make good and faithful choices NOW!

  6. As you can guess, I am searching for “that story” to illustrate a point in my weekly devotional. Wow, I found one back ten years ago. But it fits. Thank you, Kenny T for maintaining and continuing this site.

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