What Will People Say…?

by | May 20, 2010 | Encouragement

Today I attended the funeral of one of my Mission of Hope co-workers’ dad.  He passed away last Friday, unexpectedly.  His name was David.
I never had the privilege to meet David, and I wish I could have.  He sounded like an amazing husband, father, friend, and man!  Many people shared about him, and I felt like I got to know him just a little.  He must have lived his faith out loud…and shared his faith in Jesus with many.  I was blessed to be there today, and I was touched with the words that were shared about this wonderful man.
In the service today, Pastor Rick said something pretty blunt that got me thinking…
“What will people say about you at your funeral?” 
Hmmm…what WILL people say about me?  What will my husband and children say about me?  What will my co-workers say about me?  What will my brothers say about me?  What will my friends say about me?
He also added something like, “Will the pastor have to try to come up with good things to say about you or will be easy to come up with good things?”  That really got me thinking.  I’ve been to funerals before where I’ve witness both sides of that spectrum, and I’m sure you have too. 
Have you given that any thought recently?  What will people say about you at your funeral? 

I don’t ever want to be remembered as one who lived life for herself.  Or one who was too busy for others.  Or one who didn’t live out her faith.  Or one who didn’t share Jesus with others.  Or one who kept to herself.  Or one who focused on her problems all the time.

And the most important thing…what will God say about me when I meet Him face to face?  Will He say, “Well done, good and faithful servant?”

Living life with a focus like that will help me, and will help all of us, love God and love others!  That’s what David did…I heard today all about how he loved God and loved others.  I imagine David is hearing now, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

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