Every day we are creating our eulogy. Our walk speaks louder than our talk. Actions will be remembered as words are said or not said. What will they say about you at your funeral? What will your children say? What will your co-workers be thinking? How will your friends remember you?
The time to plan your funeral is now – not the burial aspects but what people will remember. It is called legacy and building a legacy is one of the most important things you should be building today.
We spend most of our time building our resume. They are filled with our skills, talents, and accomplishments. Kids don’t care about our skills. Friends do not care about talent. Your accomplishments are appreciated but they will vaguely be remembered.
What people will remember most is how you treated them. They will remember though you had a title, you did not place yourself above others. They will remember how you led and cared for their needs and not their setbacks. How you treated everyone around will be valued. What will people remember about you?
For gentlemen, it is in our DNA to produce, work hard, and provide at any cost for our family. Sadly in our minds, our social order is based on what we do and not who we are. Our resume reveals it all but what about our funeral?
Stephen Covey, the author of the popular 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, is quoted, “If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.” On this day, success is not how much money you have in the bank. It is how much you have filled up the love bank of those sitting around your casket.
As a pastor, the most depressing thing is to do a funeral of someone whose friends and family has nothing to say about them. That is speaking over a corpse.
The late great Dr. Myles Monroe said, ““The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted… In the cemetery, there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential. There is a treasure within you that must come out. Don’t go to the grave with your treasure still within you.” He went on to say, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
Let’s not live our lives in a way to make the funeral director feel good about himself. Let’s live a life where we make an impact on those around us. Live life on purpose. Build your legacy today. Make your children proud. Impress your followers. Make your name great and not your tombstone. It is all up to you.