Final Words

I’m working on a message for a funeral that I will speak at tomorrow. It’s very humbling to think that a family has chosen me to say the final words about their loved one. How do I accurately sum up someone’s life in just a few minutes?

This process always gets me thinking about what final words I would want to have said about my life. I have three passages in the Bible that I would love to have said about me:

He had no great joy than knowing his family all walks in the truth. (3 John 4)

He always took the spiritual truths that he heard and taught and entrusted them to reliable people who were also qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)

He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

What about you? What final words do you want people to say at the end of your life?

Stephen Covey wisely advises us to begin with the end in mind. See your goal—your final words—clearly fixed in your mind now, then live to fulfill it.

One Response to “Final Words”

  1. Frank Pray Says:

    Thank you for this reminder. It has a great focusing power. I would want it said that “He loved people, and gave his best to serving them.” Oh, but what a gap between my daily focus, and the way my life would look if I lived out this vision in daily application. Your question has the value of bringing that gap into consciousness. God is found in the gap as well. Thankfully, He brings mercy, patience, and provision into the “wound” causing the gap. By my new life in Christ, and the operation of His Spirit, the gap is closing.

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