Then My Living Shall Not Be in Vain

On this past weekend I attended a memorial service for an elderly gentleman.  The presiding personality came to a portion of the service where family, friends, community and church were asked to say something memorable about the deceased; to speak to his good qualities, deeds, character, personality or service.  After a long moment of deathly silence, not one soul rose to speak on his behalf.  No one had anything to say.

I thought that this was a sad commentary to the close of a life that had spent over 73 years on earth. 

I am sure that someone had something good to say about the deceased.  However, they just weren’t at the funeral that day.

This made me pause and think to myself, “I don’t want my living to be in vain.”  I want somebody to miss something about me that would make it easy for them to speak at my memorial service.  I want to help somebody to the extent that if they were to be asked to help eulogize me, it wouldn’t a chore but a pleasant stroll down memory lane. 

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

~ Bishop O.W. Prince

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Do Not Waste My Time

Dont Waste Time OWPMIN 3

I said,
“I will watch my ways so that I do not sin with my tongue.
I will bridle my mouth while wicked people are in my presence.”
2 I remained totally speechless.
I kept silent, although it did me no good.
While I was deep in thought, my pain grew worse.

3 My heart burned like a fire flaring up within me.

Then I spoke with my tongue:
4 “Teach me, O Lord, about the end of my life.
Teach me about the number of days I have left
so that I may know how temporary my life is.
5 Indeed, you have made the length of my days only a few inches.
My life span is nothing compared to yours.
Certainly, everyone alive is like a whisper in the wind.
6 Each person who walks around is like a shadow.
They are busy for no reason.
They accumulate riches without knowing who will get them.”

7 And now, Lord, what am I waiting for?
My hope is in you!
8 Rescue me from all my rebellious acts.
Do not disgrace me in front of godless fools…

12 Listen to my prayer, O Lord.
Open your ear to my cry for help.
Do not be deaf to my tears.

(Psalms 39:1-8, 12)

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