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What Will They Remember?

By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted February 25, 2009
COLUMN – There are certain cultures in the world who believe that if you take a person’s photograph, you are stealing their soul. I recently read an article from a photographer named Emre Safak who said, “I usually take candid pictures, usually without asking for permission. Usually I have no problem, but once in a while I encounter a person who vehemently objects, claiming that I am stealing their soul. It happened to me recently in the Caribbean island of Bequia, when an old woman covered her face, long before I had any idea of taking her picture, and waved me away.”

Many of these cultures also believe in Voodoo. Therefore, any “substance” from a person such as a lock of hair, a piece of fingernail, etc., could be used to create a spell against them. A photograph would be one of those items, so I can naturally see why they wouldn’t want their picture taken.

I am not especially fond of having my picture taken either. Although it’s not for religious reasons, I have no desire to be photographed. I happen to think that most people are this way. I can’t think of many people, who are not celebrities, that run in front when a camera is aimed at them.

This week, my family and I sat for our portraits to go in our new church directory. I remained patient while I waited for the photographer to snap about 10 pictures of my whole family, 5 pictures each of both kids individually, several of the kids together, and a few of me and my wife together. Then, because I am the pastor, I had to sit for a portrait of me alone.

It’s not having pictures that I mind. I love looking at them years later. The problem I have is twofold. One, I hate all the funny positions that photographers put you in. Think about it. Would you sit normally with your head tilted “just so”, and your hands folded like that, and your legs twisted underneath you? I think not.

The second issue I have is the stress of knowing that the image I have right then, might be the way people remember me forever, especially when the picture is for the church directory. I use the old church directory almost every day. Each time I use it, I see members of this church as they were in 2004. Some of them are residing in Heaven now. I wonder if they would have changed anything about their picture if they had known it would be the last one recorded for our church.

We must think of each experience with others in the same way as a lasting photograph. We should remember that when we leave someone’s presence, it could be the last time we have to establish our “legacy” with them. What kind of “last impression” did you make? Was it one of everyday, chit-chat conversation? Did you do something good for them? Did you speak kindly or with aggression? How will you be remembered?

I call this a “daily legacy”. As Christians, we many times do a poor job of leaving a “daily legacy” that Christ would have us leave. We impact people every time we encounter them. The question is not whether we leave a lasting impression, but what kind of impression it is.

We should strive daily to leave a legacy of Christ’s love with everyone we encounter. In every exchange with others, look for opportunities to show Jesus in your life. What you will leave behind is far greater than any photograph could ever do to make people remember you and the One who you represent.

I want to leave a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough, to make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering. A child of mercy and grace who blessed your name unapologetically…And leave that kind of legacy
Legacy by Nichole Nordeman

The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
(Proverbs 10:7 NKJV)

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