by David Cawston

What Do I Want to Be Remembered For?
David Cawston
Deuteronomy 30:19

Jeff Greenfield, a news correspondent for ABC News lives in Salisbury, Connecticutt. For the last 15 years he has attended the Memorial Day observance in his community, an observance that is much the same each year. Here's what he writes: "At 10 a.m., the parade begins moving down Main Street. It is a small parade: two vintage cars, bearing the region's oldest war veterans; the men and women who served in the military; the Salisbury Town Band; the Scouts; the Housatonic Day Care Center; the fire trucks from the volunteer fire departments in and around the Northwest Corner. We fall in line behind the fire trucks, and follow the parade to the cemetery. There's a hymn, and a prayer, followed by a Scout who reads the Gettysburg Address, haltingly, shyly. Then come the names of the men who died in the World Wars, in Korea, in Vietnam. A minister recites the 23rd Psalm, a bugler plays taps (with another bugler far away playing the echo), the flag is raised from half-staff, and we all walk the few steps back to the Village Center. There are no speech writers, no advance men measuring the best angles for TV (there is no TV) and by the end of it, I--along with many others, are in tears. The men whose names have been read indeed gave what Lincoln called "the last, full measure of devotion". When they fell, their deaths were a small part of a bigger story. But every Memorial Day, the lives they never got to live, and the people they left behind, are the only story that matters.
God allows us each to write our own history!
Some of us are constantly seeking some one else to blame for our lives and our choices.
Each of these decisions and choices not only affect us but also affect our families, our future, and our eternity.
But ultimately in God's eyes we are each responsible for our decisions and our choices.
God's greatest gift he gave to man is choice!
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