Funerals can simultaneously infuse us with a joy for living, a gratitude for the ways we have been blessed and a desire to do meaningful things with our lives; while at the same time creating for us a sense of urgency, a humility about our weaknesses, and an awareness of the trivial things that occupy our mind and our time.
I especially love funerals that honor men and women of God. Few things are as powerful as time spent reflecting on the lives of people who lived great stories; who lived with infectious joy, deep faith and confident hope.
Today I went to a funeral for a woman who loved God. Now that's the kind of thing that is said about a lot of people at their funeral, but there was something different about this woman. I only knew her a little, and I recognized that her faith was real and her love was genuine. Women like Kay are rare, and I am grateful that God used Kay's funeral to remind me about the things that truly are important.
- Remember that the most important thing in life is your love for God.
- Remember that the second most important thing is your love for people, and not just some people like your family, but all people.
- Also remember that your life was meant to be lived with purpose.
- Remember that the things you fill your life with are a reflection of what you value most.
- And remember that your life here on earth is short, so don't let that be the end of your life. (John 11:25-27)