The End. La Fin. Game Over.

October 18, 2010

I was reading a book called, “The Reason for God”  by Tim Keller the other day and it got me thinking:

Sometimes things go a little differently than we expected.

A life of a friend or familymember is cut short unexpected.

A job we thought we’d have doesn’t work out.

People react differently than we had expected them to.

What made me think about this was a few lines in “The Reason for God about a Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley who were sharing their faith and convictions, so that others could know and have the same joy. However, as a result of their personal convictions in 1555 they were burned at the stake.

“As the flames leapt up, Latimer was heard to say calmly, ‘Be of good comfot Mr. Ridley, and play the man! We shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace, in England, as I trust never shall be put out.” (p. 29)

So I might not have quite the end to my life like they did. But I still don’t know when or where or how I’m going die. Latimer and Ridley will be forever remembered for their personal convictions and last words.

Not to be morbid or anything, often these days our tombstones can be very revealing about our character and priorities… So my question for us it this: how will you be remembered at the end of your life? what would you want your tombstone to say? How do you want to be remembered (this could be different than how you will be remembered)?

What can we be doing today to shape those famous last words?



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