Recently, I was talking with someone and the conversation turned to us telling each other some of the works we were involved in. This person has done much volunteer work with several "big" organizations that have helped masses of people. They made the statement that they felt complete and like they had "left their mark" on society through all the helpful things they have done.
What this person said triggered a thought. We should be "leaving a mark" for good behind us. When we leave this earth, we should leave a part of it better than it was before we got involved. We should be interested in helping others and making life better for mankind and those around us. I hope to leave a mark for good behind me when I die. I hope I have made life better for someone else because of the help that I have given them.
But just leaving a mark here is not enough. Leaving a mark in history, no matter how good a mark it is, is not good enough. You can leave a mark that will further a social cause, establish a nation, free people, secure equality for all people groups, leave an invention that will help multitudes, feed thousands of hungry people, leave a legacy of peace or come up with a cure for a deadly disease. But the greatest mark you should have is not left in this world. It is not one that you leave behind. It is one that proceeds you and is waiting for you when you leave this life.
The old timers used to call their signature, or written name, their "mark". Your name and your mark were the same. The greatest "mark" you can have is having your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Leaving a mark here is great... we all should. But what will it profit you if that is the only mark you have? It will profit others. They will benefit by the mark for good that you leave behind. But you will lose out if you haven't made sure your mark is in the Book. Is it?
Have a great day. Leave a mark for good behind you that will benefit mankind when you leave this earth. But make sure you have a mark that will benefit you when you leave this life-- your name/mark in the Lamb's Book of Life.
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