I've been thinking about death lately.

No, I'm not morbid, nor am I suicidal. But death is inevitable. For everyone. And the question is: When you've passed on, what legacy would you leave behind?

Consider a few of the big names of history: Julius Caesar, Hudson Taylor, Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, Florence Nightingale, Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther King, Hitler even. They would not have made it into the history books if they didn't leave such an imprint on the world, whether good or bad.

One of my favorite books is 'A Walk to Remember,' by Nicholas Sparks. The novel sticks with me because of the female protagonist, Jamie Sullivan. Diagnosed with leukemia, she knew that she didn't have many more years. So she never wasted any moment of her precious life. The impact she made and the memories of it outlived her 18 years by forty-fold. True, Jamie's only a fictional character. But I believe that fiction can bring light to a higher standard we all aspire to touch at the very least.

When I'm on the edge of death's door, I want to know that my life has not gone to waste. I don't want to have any regrets. I want to be able to stand in front of the throne of God and hear Him say "Well done, good and faithful servant."

One thought that encourages me to keep moving is this:
If I knew I had leukemia and would die soon, how would I spend my life?

What would my legacy be? What would be yours?