My Funeral Date

The writing prompt for Sunday Scribblings this week is "Date". Instead of writing about my wedding date, or my most romantic date - I was inspired to write about my funeral date. (kind of morbid, huh?)

Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:1-2:

"A good reputation is better than a fat bank account.
Your death date tells more than your birth date.
You learn more at a funeral than at a feast (party).
After all, that's where we'll end up. We might discover something from it."

When I die, I don't want any regrets. I need to make sure that what I am living for now is worth dying for.
A lot of the things I keep myself busy with just don't matter. Like most people, I give much of my attention to what is happening now. I should be doing more things that have long term benefits, thinking more about eternity.

Tonight, I heard Dr. Royce B. Short say - "No one is ready to live until he is ready to die. You don't know what is important in the present until you see it in the backdrop of eternity."

This is what we can learn at a funeral:
  • We are reminded of our mortality. One day we will die.
  • Our minds think about what matters most in life.
  • We may ask - What do I need to change in my life?
  • We contemplate rearranging our priorities.
  • We consider excluding things that can shorten our earthly life.
  • We understand that life will be meaningless if we live just for this life, not considering eternity.
  • We remember that we can't take our stuff with us.
  • We realize that now is the time to turn to God. Time goes by really quick. Death is final. We have to prepare now to meet our Creator.
On the day of my funeral, it is my desire that people talk about my character. Hopefully, they will tell about how I had a positive impact on other people and that I enjoyed serving God.

So, I had better get busy so I can give them something good to talk about.

10 comments:

Miscellany Mom said...

Important thoughts... Thanks for sharing!

Joyce said...

Good thoughts to ponder that is forsure. Have you ever read that poem called...."The Dash?"
http://www.lindaellis.net/thedashpoem.html
It has some good points to it as well.
Be blessed,
Joyce M.

keith hillman said...

My first impression was that was going to a depressing post. How wrong I was. A wonderful piece for which I thank you.

Just Jen said...

huh, there's a thought! at my funeral I want lots of singing. I went to a funeral once where we praised God in prayer and song for 2 hours..I don't think my feet touched the ground for days! It was one of the happiest days I ever had, just the way he would have wanted it!
Your hubby will be home in no time!

michelle k. smoochdog said...

My first time here from Sunday Scribblings. I really enjoyed this post. It has an incredible amount of depth to it. This line pretty much sums it up for me personally...."I need to make sure that what I am living for now is worth dying for."

tumblewords said...

Thoughtful post.

Liza's Eyeview said...

Intesting. I was thinking that someday I'd so a post similar to this :)

Yes, this is a thoughtful post.

gautami tripathy said...

I wrote my obituary in Oct 2205. I suppose it is still somewhere there on my blog.

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LittleWing said...

what a great date to write about...during my sisters funeral i refused to mourn b/c she lived an incredible life for what was given her, giving everything she had to give and more...absent from the body is present w/t lord...amen..