• Jack Selcher

How to Be Remembered

When you are dead and gone, do you know what people will never forget about you? My brother, Sam, has been an excellent dentist for more than 40 years. Recently, a friend told me a story about him. Many years ago, my friend’s wife had a dental appointment with my brother. She had to drive about ten miles to get to his office.

Somehow, when she got there, she discovered her cat had made the journey with her hidden under the hood of the car. My brother interrupted his dentistry to rescue the cat. When she was in emotional distress, my brother was there to help. My friend did not tell me a story about my brother’s dental expertise. He remembered an act of unexpected kindness during an emotionally difficult time for his wife. When you help others during their emotional thunderstorms, they will not forget you.

My brother has done a wonderful job taking care of my teeth for more than 40 years. What I remember most, however, are the times I have had a plumbing, or some other kind of emergency and he was there to help.

I saw the same truth in my pastoral ministry. I have spent more than 15,000 hours preparing and delivering sermons, but the people in my congregations remember the 30 minutes I spent with them in the intensive care unit, my presence in their hospital room, etc. more than the sermons.

People do not forget your acts of unexpected kindness during an emotional crisis. Even more importantly, God remembers them. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me’ … The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:34-36, 40, NIV). If you want people and God to remember you, you know what to do! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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