What Do You Want On Your Tombstone

I’m preparing for our upcoming series called Be An Andrew.

Andrew was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, but we know so little about him. Only a few of his spoken words are recorded for us, and he is only mentioned by name 13 times in the New Testament. But one thing is so clear in those few mentions: All he did was invite people to meet Jesus…

  • His brother Peter, who went on to become one of the leaders of the first Christian church.
  • A young boy, whose small lunch fed thousands.
  • Non-Jewish Greeks who wanted to meet the Messiah.

Wouldn’t you love to have that written on your tombstone? If my entire life was captured in just one sentence, I’d love for it to be:

He just brought people to Jesus.

What do you want on your tombstone?

“Wondering Around”

I read this on Seth Godin’s blog this morning:

I stumbled on a great typo last night. “Staff in the lobby were wondering around…”

Wandering around is an aimless waste of time.

Wondering around, though, that sounds useful.

Wondering why this product is the way it is, wondering how you can make the lobby more welcoming, wondering if your best customers are happily sharing your ideas with others… So many things worth wondering about, so few people actually taking the time to do it.

Wondering around is the act of inquiring with generous spirit.

I love wondering around:

  • Wondering about Christ’s love for me. (There’s a great Christmas carol about this. You can read the lyrics here.)
  • Wondering about what I’m doing that reflects God’s love to others.
  • Wondering how I could be so blessed with a fantastic wife, great kids, a vibrant church, health, and on and on.
  • Wondering about these blessings—and so many more!—every day as I work on my 365/720/1095 challenge.

Seth was exactly right: wandering around is a waste, but wondering around is a great way to live.

Are you wondering or wandering today?

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