When Your Dead, What Will They Say?

Yesterday Pastor Blaine taught about leaving a legacy when you die. He said that he has done funerals for both people who have done amazing things and left behind people that really loved them and he has also done funerals for people who wasted their lives. The difference is clear, for one who left a legacy the service could last for hours as people get up to share how old so-and-so touched them perfectly. But he said the service for someone who has not left a legacy is not only quick but hard to prepare for. What do you say about a person that was mean-spirited, harsh, critical of others, abusive and/or just a genuinely nasty person? “Well, we have gathered here today to say goodbye to Frank. Frank was a……. well, he did……. um, he, uh, well, uh- he died.”

braveheart.jpg One of my favorite movies ever is Braveheart with Mel Gibson. Excellent movie, not for the kids though. Much action and violence. Anyway, at the end William Wallace is in prison and about to be tortured and killed and the gal he loves visits him and she goes on about how he shouldn’t have to die and he says the one of the best lines ever- “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”

That is “TRUTH”. We all die, not all of us live. I would also say, we are all Alive, but we are not all living life to the fullest. Jesus said in John 10:10 “I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.” Or, in my own words, life to the maximum. This doesn’t mean life will be rosy and sweet, but that it will be full, full of emotion, full of chances, adventure, excitement, discoveries, and most important of all, love.

At my funeral I want people to say that I lived life to the max and that I loved big. What do you want people to say about you at your funeral? What needs to change in your life before it is too late and your number is called?

Remember- He who dies with the most toys still dies. Leave a legacy, not a garage sale.


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