Some people are just hard to forget. Their faces and names are indelibly imprinted upon our cerebral cortex. And they have a place in our hearts that no one else seems to occupy.
Why is that? Is it because of some opinion they shared once? Or is there more? I think there must be more… because I can’t really think of a time when my opinions alone made a difference in anyone’s life.
I have plenty of opinions. I have opinions about religions. I have opinions about politics. I have opinions about music. And I have opinions about fashion.
I have a whole array of opinions on a wide variety of topics. Just ask anyone… I can talk a lot.
But those opinions aren’t game-changers. They lack the depth necessary to really touch someone’s soul right where they most need it.
So what is it then? What makes someone unforgettable? For I certainly want to be someone people remember… in the most positive of ways, that is.
Well, I believe there are three things we can do to make ourselves memorable to others:
1) Love generally… If you and I want to be remembered by people long after we’re gone from the moments which mattered most to them in life, then we need to love a lot. We need to love everyone we meet. We need to view every person as a new opportunity to show the love of God to someone else.
2) Love generously… The most well-known and most quoted Scripture tells us that God so loved the world that He gave. To be remembered, it won’t just be the tangible gifts we gave people, but it will be the time we have them. It will be the times we helped them move their belongings. It will be the time we took them to eat and got to know them. Love is an investment… to be sure, a risky one… but an investment nonetheless which has the potential to cause us to stick in people’s minds as someone who impacted them deeply.
3) Love genuinely… To stand out in someone’s memory years down the road, your love for them has to have been authentic. People feel as if they can hardly trust anyone in this world. Politicians make promises they know they’ll never keep. Preachers have moral failures in the areas they preached against. Spouses break wedding vows. People are looking for genuine love… love in the good times and the bad times. And when they find it, it’s unforgettable.
Are we scrapbook-worthy people? Is our love for others general, generous and genuine? Will anyone be able to say that you and I made an impact on their life that they will never forget?
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:7 | NLT)
Take a moment right now… Think about the people who have really impacted your life. My guess is that they loved you. Give someone else that gift. Start today.
And I’d love to hear your stories of people who have impacted you with their love… as well as the stories of how you are being able to make a difference in someone else’s life through love. So, please comment here on this post. Or if you’re reading via social media, comment in the section provided there.