“We don’t celebrate accumulation at a funeral. We celebrate generosity and selflessness.”
Andy Stanley shared this thought at LeaderCast one year. Think about every funeral you have attended. You hear stories of unknown kindness, sacrifices made so others wouldn’t have to, integrity in the face of temptation. But this is not a reminder to live your life for the sake of your obituary one day. We could all find something in our past to fill the few lines in the newspaper. How you raise your kids, where you volunteer on the weekends, something you did for a friend when you were young. That’s old that. I want to speak to your today.
In a few months it will be the 2-year anniversary of my wife’s grandfather passing away. It was a hard day for the family, but not as hard as it might have been. Here’s why; her and her brother went up to Virginia just one week before he passed to spend time with her family. Her grandfather made beer sausage, cooked up some mushrooms, and hung out with them when they went downtown. She will forever hold on to those last moments with joy. Looking back at this and other examples, I have come to one conclusion. Each day we live, we are writing our obituary.
No one wants to be remembered only for what they did 10-20-30 years ago. We do not want to leave a dated legacy for those in the wake of our life. That may sound morbid, but it should be exhilarating. We must make each day count for something. That’s the beauty of each new sunrise. Last week might have stunk. You may have literally wasted every moment of every day for seven consecutive days. But then you woke up. You may not do something life changing or world changing, but then again you might. You have to make the conscious decision to not waste what is left. Don’t worry, you can do it.