Thursday, January 13, 2011

Beginning with the End in Mind...

Forgive me if you see this as a bit morbid...just a warning.

In the book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey makes a point to set goals and roles with the end in mind.  The pastor at my church (Fellowship--check it out) has been encouraging us to write our Eulogy.  Since it's January, and I associate January with goal setting, I thought I would do it.  It really makes you focus on what is important to you.  I highly recommend trying it.  It has changed my thoughts and actions already. goes:

Lived Simply; Loved Greatly

She was quiet, gentle, and graceful, yet at the same time strong and able...her faith in God steadfast.  She took joy in the small things and never got caught up in the costs of consumer"isms."  Her family and friends were her priority.  She was a faithful, encouraging wife and a loving, nurturing mother who prayed constantly for the three loves of her earthly life, Michael, ? and ? (and maybe more...who knows?).  She was a true friend to many through good times and bad.  Those who knew her often sought her prayer and advice.  She was heartfelt, sincere and quick to forgive.  She lived her life knowing that "at the end of your life, your relationships are all you've got."  -- Sara Groves.

You can't help but to have admired her gift of creativity and her ability to cultivate it in those that she influenced.  The things she created could move people to tears.

Her definition of significance was different from many peoples'.  She felt no need to accomplish great things, but always felt the need to do little things with great love.  As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, she is irreplaceable.  She will be greatly missed, but everyone knows where she is, because she was never ashamed to proclaim her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  She is certainly enjoying chocolate raspberry cheescake with Jesus and will be dancing in Heaven forever!

So...what do you want people to say about you when you are gone?  What do they say about you now?  What do you need to do to make that change?  Currently, I am in the process of figuring out and finding the will to change what I need to change so that this IS what people will say of me. 

If you write your me up in the comments!!  Let's encourage each other!!!

1 comment:

Rw said...

I am inspired by this post, by you and the way you choose to live. Today (finally) I can post a eulogy -- the completion a result of the authenticity with which you live your own life. Rw