A couple of years ago we said goodbye to my great aunt Ernestine. She was a good Christian woman who was tough as nails. She’d lived through a lot of hardships, yet she still went out of her way to help others. No one could say a bad thing about her. I guess I’m getting old, because now, when I go to funerals, I start thinking about what people will say about me when I’m gone. Not in a self centered, all about me kind of way. More like a am I doing all I can for the kingdom kind of way. My answer would have to be no.
Time is one thing we have that we can not get back. Ernestine invested her time in others. Her family, friends….she was 87, and was still taking food and gifts to people in the nursing home! I started thinking about all the time I selfishly waste watching TV, playing games, and looking at Facebook and Twitter. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with those things; but if I added up the time I’ve spent doing those sort of things, and compared it to the time I’ve spent investing in others, how would they compare? I’d be afraid to find out!
Our lives should be lived purposefully, with one goal in mind – loving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and loving others. Or would that be considered two goals? Anyway, you get the point. I want to make 2016 a year of love, and a year of purpose! I want to minister to others with the gifts and talents God’s given me. I want God to bless me! And I don’t want to be afraid to take on whatever it is God has for me to do! When I’m gone from this earth, I want my family and friends to say that my life counted. I want them to say, without any doubt or hesitation, that I loved The Lord. Then….I want them to tell lots of funny stories! That is, if I have any friends left who can remember any funny stories. I want there to be loud music and clapping! I mean, music so loud people have to turn down their hearing aids! I really wanted to clap at my aunt’s funeral, but they were southern baptists, and I didn’t want to look stupid. I also want to be cremated so no one has to walk by my cold, dead body and talk about how good I look, plus I don’t want anyone having to keep up my gravesite. I don’t want anyone wasting money on flowers either. You could buy yourself a new pair of jeans, or get your nails done with that money! I don’t want anyone to have to be sad, because they’ll KNOW where I’m going! I want people to PAR-TAY!
Want people to say good things about you at your funeral? Then do good things! Want to do good things? Make God the center of your life! Want Christ to be the center of your life? All you have to do is ask! Well…then you have to choose daily to pick up your cross and follow Him. Hey, no one ever said it was easy! But it’s worth it!
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them” Matthew 22: 37-40