It is so easy for us to lose focus when it comes to what matters themost. As we near retirement - or experience retirement, we may focus upon being certain all our "ducks are in a row", our finances are "set", and think about what we want our retirement to look like. We may fall into the "trap" of thinking our retirement is all about us - going places, doing things we saved for these final years - and lose focus when it comes to what matters the most - handing down confident faith and impacting the lives of the ones we love.
I recently experienced the death of my dad. In the days leading up to his memorial service, his grandchildren posted things on their facebook pages about their grandpa - one shared how there were too many memories of him to share them all on facebook - and said there was not a bad memory among them. Another shared how her grandpa was her first very best friend. At the memorial service my brothers, sister and I shared how we always knew we were loved and wanted; and how he loved every person in his family whether they came to our family by birth or marriage. His faith was mentioned more than once as he had a strong faith in Jesus.
Even though his final years were spent battling Parkinson's Dementia, his love for his family and faith remained strong. He spent his time focused upon what mattered the most and finished well.
I want to be remembered for the same - being focused upon what mattered the most - my love for God and my family and handing down a confident faith. The wonderful thing about this is it isn't difficult for us to finish well - we just need to keep our focus upon what matters the most.