15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 2 Timothy 1:15
Despire his standing among the Apostles, Paul suffered loss too. We don’t know much about Phygelus or Hermogenes except that they deserted Paul. We don’t know the circumstances or context, but Paul thought it worthy enough to include in his second letter to Timothy. Apparently they were in the faith so we’ll see them in Heaven, but they’ll forever be remember as those who deserted Paul. Well, probably not, but that’s how we’ll remember them.
How do you want to be remembered? A few years ago a friend of mine wrote his obituary even though he had just turned 50. He wrote it because that’s how he wanted to be remembered. In other words, it was a goal for him at the time. And now a few years later he’s aiming for that goal. Interesting thought.
When you read obituaries, you see what others have to say about the person. Unfortunately, the relatives have a limited space to write about their loved one. Browse through some obituaries some time and read what people write. It’s fascinating to see what others think is important about that person. Sometimes it’s a list of accomplishments along with names of close relatives. Sometimes it’s hobbies and likes.
Now, how do you want to be remembered? How have you influenced other people? What would they say about you? I get that question a lot when someone is interviewing me: what would your co-workers say about you? People will talk about you but what will they say? What would you want them to say? Move towards that mark.