The boy who lived.
Harry Potter was known all throughout the wizarding world because he had lived. When all others had fallen before Voldemort’s wand, the infant Harry lived. For the rest of his life Harry was known for what he had done. He was known as the boy who lived.
The girl who waited.
While not as popular in her world as Harry was in his, Amelia Pond was also known for what she did. When the mad man in the blue box landed in her garden and told her that he would return, little Amelia waited and waited. When he didn’t return, Amy kept the man and his blue box alive in her heart and mind until he finally returned. The mad man in the blue box came back for the girl who waited.
Harry Potter was known for what he had done.
Amy Pond was known for what she had done.
And like them, we will be known for what we have done.
I don’t think we’ll be known for what we had for breakfast or how many times we paid to see The Avengers in the theaters. We do a lot throughout our days that is forgotten almost as soon as it is done. However, there are some choices and actions that can define us and will be what we’re known for.
How will we treat our spouses and children?
Will we do the right thing even when no one is watching?
Where will we invest our time and resources?
What will dictate the direction of our lives?
The reality is that we are going to be known for what we have done. If we make wise choices that further God’s purposes and show his love to those around us, then we’ll be known for that. If we make poor choices that further our own purposes and mire us deeper in our own selfishness, then we’ll be known for that as well.
Harry was known for living.
Amy was known for waiting.
What will you be known for?
How do you remember that your choices today will dictate how you’re remembered in the future?