Nobel came into fame and fortune as the inventor of dynamite. He was a gifted chemist who was also a pacifist. He soon became troubled to realize that his largest customer for dynamite was the military, who had seized his invention as one of the newest weapons of war. Meanwhile, while his factories were operating at maximum capacity producing this new weapon of war, his brother Ludwig died unexpectedly. A French newspaper, thinking Alfred Nobel had in fact died, mistakenly printed this headline in the paper: “Merchant of Death Dies!”
Alfred Nobel was horrified at the thought that this is how he would truly be remembered by the world at the time of his own passing. Therefore, with the fortune he had amassed from the sale of dynamite, he set up a foundation that would award yearly prizes in his name to the people who had most benefited humanity. Today, most people recognize the name of Alfred Nobel more because of his foundation than his invention.
Whether you realize it or not, you are writing your legacy and your lasting testimony every day. Every decision you make writes on the pages of your life exactly how you will one day be remembered. Stop and think for a moment what your epitaph might say about you. What would those who know you best say about your life, your contributions, your love for your family, your dedication and service to God, and your faith testimony? I wonder if what others would honestly say about you matches your view of yourself? Are you really becoming the person you want to be?
In the Bible Jesus once said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and yet loses his soul? (Mt. 16:26).” The good news of God’s Word is that there is still time for you change. You can start right now on this very day and at this very moment rewriting the pages of the legacy and testimony of your life. The time to take action and all God to change you is right now! Stop making excuses, acting like you are a victim, or proclaiming how unfair life is. You have chosen the person you are today by your own decisions. Why not start making better decisions? Make the Lord the priority of your life. Spend more time with your family and friends. Be counted on at your church. Serve God and serve others in practical ways of ministry.
It is time to let your life count for something more than it has up until this point. Don’t waste one more minute living a wasted life that doesn’t reflect the real you. If you will allow Him to do so, God is willing and has the power to help you become the person He wants you to be and the person you really want to be.