Sunday, February 28, 2010

What Would You Like on Your Tombstone?

I'm not talking about Tombstone pizzas and toppings here.  Have you ever wondered what people will remember you for once you leave this earth?  “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”~Charles Spurgeon

Silly or not :), I told my family that I would like this inscription on my tombstone: "She lived for God.  Now she lives with God."  I like this one, too: "Don't leave earth without JESUS!"  What would you like on your tombstone?  What would you like people to remember you for?  Just being alive each day is not the same as "living."  "Teach us to number our days aright--that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12)  What are our days filled with?  Whatever you do, don't waste your life.

"Now, if the day has been filled with duty and love and service--its page written all over with pure, white thoughts and records of gentle deeds--then it is well; its passing need not be mourned over. But merely to have to rub it off at the setting of the sun, leaving in it nothing but a story of idleness, uselessness, selfishness, and lost opportunities, is a sad numbering!" ~J.R. Miller, "Numbering Our Days", 1912

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I'll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

"We have eternity to tell of victories won for Christ, but we have only a few hours before sunset to win them." ~Unknown

"I'm in my 83rd year, but it doesn't necessarily mean I'm wiser or stronger. It doesn't mean I've done more. It's not the stretch of life that matters. It's the depth of life. It's not how long we live. It's how we live. Keith was a man who seemed to live on the edge of eternity. And he was ready to step into it." ~Leonard Ravenhill spoke of Keith Green after his death (quote taken from "No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green" by Melody Green & David Hazard)

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." ~Jim Elliot

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Denise said...

Such an awe inspiring post.

Sandy said...

Your request is not silly. It is perfect. Thank you so much for this very encouraging post. Thank you for how you live your life and for sharing with your blog!

sarah said...

amen to this. living with show His grace...the a rich and full life. Sarah

Diva Kreszl said...

thanks for this amazing post!

Whidbey Woman said...

You give us lots to think about and act upon this Spiritual Sunday!

Charlotte said...

An interesting question. Isn't it amazing what TV commercials can accomplish? Pizza immediately comes to mind when tombstone is mentioned. I like what you want on your tombstone. I can't think of anything better. Thank you for sharing with us each week. Your posts are always a blessing.

Rebecca said...

Great post! I like your blog very much.

Clif said...

I agree with the comments my wife, Charlotte made. Thank you for posting.

Ginger said...

I have never given it much thought, but I guess I should. I do love what you have it's perfect~~beautiful~~simple.
God Bless,

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