Consider Your Epitaph
October 19, 2009
“… and [Pekahiah] did evil in the sight of the LORD …” – 2
“… and [Jotham] did what was right in the sight of
the LORD …” – 2 Kings 15:34
Two kings. They only get a few verses each in the Bible. Nothing
incredibly noteworthy. But at the beginning of each biography – as
we see time and again throughout the chronicles of the kings of
Israel and Judah – there is a one-sentence summary. An epitaph.
“He did evil.”
“He did what was right.”
How will your epitaph read? And expand on that a bit: how would
your obituary read? What would people say in a eulogy about you
tomorrow if you died today?
If you don’t like the answer, then set about changing it
now – because today is the only day you ever have.
- Ask someone
you absolutely trust to honestly describe your life in two to
three sentences. Don’t prime the pump:
just ask them, if they had to describe you and your life to a
complete stranger, what would they say?
- Consider carefully the answer you receive. Is it what
you expected? Wanted? What does it tell you about your life,
your character, and your impact on others?
- Is there anything in your life you’d
like to change? If so, how will you go about it?