Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Of Obituaries

I was able to catch Oprah on TV tonight and saw a woman in her 30's being interviewed about something she did when she hit the 3-0.

She wrote her obituary. My first thought was that it sounded morbid. But after listening to what she had to say, I decided to make one for myself.

The woman didn't want to have any regrets and so, she thought about how she would want her obituary to read if she were a 78-year old looking back at her life. What she wrote was something like this:

"She always had a smile on her face. She didn't know how to hate. She genuinely wanted to know people and love them..."

She edits her obituary regularly.

There are times when we get so caught up with today and all the busyness that we forget what's really important. At the end of my life, what would I want written on my obituary? How do I want to live the next several decades of my life? What are the things I'm spending a lot of time on now that don't matter in the long run? What are the little or big things I can do that will matter for all eternity?

John 10:10 says that Jesus came so "that (we) may have life, and have it to the full." Am I living in the fullness of the life Christ has promised?

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