If you should die, what would your eulogy be like? How would your obituary read? How would you be remembered by spouse, children, family, and friends?
Think about it, and be honest with your response.
No doubt we’ll be loved and missed after we’re gone. But will those left to write an account of our lives struggle to find “Nice” words? Will the lives we’ve touch through the deeds we’ve done live on to tell the tales? The truth is every day we’re alive, is one more day to make a difference in someone else life before we die. Our goal shouldn’t be what others think about us after we’re gone; neither should our satisfaction come from the accolades we’ve earned and the positions we’ve hold. Having such materialistic and worldly mindset will never save us or grant us salvation. Nevertheless, the life we live should have God stamped all over it so much that when we die, a positive imprint of God’s love lives on through our works.
Death is a topic many refuse to discuss, but it’s very much a part of our lives just as births are. So we might as well embrace it. It would definitely be an interesting experience if we could sit in on our funerals; then we could hear everything. If we could write our own obituary, then we would pen exactly what we want to share with the world. But the bottom line is neither of those things is possible or practical. While we won’t be able to hear our eulogies or read our obituaries, we have control over the facts that goes in them.
We have been, and will continue to write our eulogy and obituary each day that we’re alive. What we choose to put in them solely depends on us. Our actions determine the outcome. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). When we live to demonstrate God’s love our works will be remembered even when our names are forgotten, and God will get all the praise.
If you dear…
Write your own eulogy or obituary right now. Include the lives you’ve touched and the differences you’ve made. Write what you’ll be remembered most for… Will it be a giving and caring nature or a callous and selfish spirit? Will it be the words of encouragement freely shared or an-eye-for-an-eye mentality? The bright side—we can begin to alter the facts of our lives while we’re still amongst the living.